Little India Riot: Workers' rights group makes recommendations on conduct of inquiry

Little India Riot: Workers' rights group makes recommendations on conduct of inquiry

SINGAPORE - Workers' rights group Workfair Singapore has made recommendations to the Committee of Inquiry (COI) investigating the Dec 8 Little India riot, in a four-page statement on Friday.


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The full statement by Workfair Singapore:

1. Workfair Singapore welcomes the Prime Minister's remarks on Christmas Eve regarding the conduct of the Committee of Inquiry into the Little India Riot. The Committee, formed by the Minister for Home Affairs, carries the following Terms of Reference:

a. Establish the factors and circumstances that led to the riot in Little India on 8 December 2013.

b. Establish how the riot unfolded and how the response forces managed the incident.

c. Consider whether current measures to manage such incidents in areas where foreign workers congregate such as Little India are adequate, and recommend any further measures to improve their management and reduce the risk of such incidents.

d. Conduct itself in accordance with the provisions of the Inquiries Act.

e. Make and submit a report of its proceedings, findings and recommendations to the Minister for Home Affairs within six months.

2. In order that a full and detailed inquiry is carried out, it is essential that the Committee is allowed to operate on a fully independent and public basis so that probity is ensured and seen to be ensured. We therefore make recommendations to the Cabinet on the conduct of the Inquiry.

3. The Prime Minister and several cabinet ministers have made widespread pre-emptive pronouncements on the causes of the incident which have been widely reported in the press. In order to safeguard the integrity of the Committee, we request the Cabinet to:

a. Desist from making further pronouncements of their views on the causes of the incident.

b. Publicly announce the full independence of the Committee.

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