PM Lee: Little India riots were 'very grave incident'

PM Lee: Little India riots were 'very grave incident'

Little India Riot: Political office-holders urge calm in Facebook posts

SINGAPORE - In the wake of Sunday night's riot in Little India, the Prime Minister, President and other political office-holders have taken to Facebook to urge calm and reassure the public that justice will be done.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for all Singaporeans to remain calm and contribute any information they had of the Little India riots to the police.

In a Facebook posting on Monday morning, PM Lee called the riots 'a very grave incident'. He said that several police officers were injured, adding that culprits would be identified and dealt with severely with the full force of the law.

He said:

"The Little India riot last night was a very grave incident. Several police officers were injured, and vehicles damaged or destroyed. The situation is now under control, and investigations are underway. Whatever events may have sparked the rioting, there is no excuse for such violent, destructive, and criminal behaviour. We will spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law.

"I urge all Singaporeans to stay calm. Do send the Police any information, photos or videos of the incident that you may have. I also wish the injured officers a full and speedy recovery."

Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Yaacob Ibrahim also said on Monday morning:

"The safety of our residents was the top of our concern when the Little India riot happened right in our constituency. Fortunately, the Police have brought the situation under control. Tuck Yew also had visited the site last night and again this morning to Race Course Road and Tekka Market area. I urge residents and businesses in Little India to go on with their lives and businesses as normal, as the Police work hard to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"While we do not condone such unlawful acts by some individuals, let us also remember that the foreign workers in Singapore are by and large law abiding people. They are here to earn a living and to support their families in their home countries. It is a delicate and on-going effort to take care of the concerns of the residents and manage the needs of the foreign workers.

"My fellow MPs and I will continue to strive to make Moulmein-Kallang Community a safe and pleasant home for all our residents. My heartfelt thanks also go to the Police and SCDF officers and officers from the Gurkha Contingent at the scene to manage the situation. I wish the injured officers a full and speedy recovery."

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