Little India riot: When they drink, there's trouble

Little India riot: When they drink, there's trouble
Residents said foreign workers often sit around, talk, and drink alcohol on Sunday nights - leaving at about 12 midnight.

SINGAPORE- Some South Asian workers welcome alcohol ban. They say of fellow countrymen:

With an audible sigh, he lifted his beer can and took a quick swig.

Indian national Janardhan Rao, 45, then wiped away the beer foam from his upper lip and said: "It's terrible what happened on Sunday.

"It shouldn't have happened. Now, all of us will be affected."

When The New Paper asked him about the drinking ban at Little India this weekend, he nodded and said that it was a good idea.

"No more alcohol at Little India, no more trouble," he said with a sad smile.

"Many men from my country like to drink but when they drink, they will get into trouble. Maybe this ban can help."

The ban on the sale of alcohol at Little India and the surrounding area will be from 6am on Saturday to 5.59am on Monday, said the Liquor Licensing Board (LLB) yesterday.

Mr Rao was not the only foreign worker who welcomed the ban.

We spoke to about 20 other South Asian workers near their dormitories at Jalan Papan in Jurong, and they were all supportive of the ban, saying that it would help control the rowdy behaviour at Little India.

Seated cross-legged at the roadside near his dormitory on Tuesday night, Mr Rao said he goes to Little India to do his shopping every few months or so before returning to his bunk to rest.

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