Little India riot: Detained Malaysian released, 24 charged

PETALING JAYA - Singapore police have released a Malaysian detained for investigation over possible involvement in Sunday night's riot in Little India.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob said the mission was informed of this by Singapore police Tuesday but no other details were provided.

"We have asked for more information on the man, what he is doing but the police promised to provide the information later," Husni said when contacted.

On the five injured Malaysians with permanent resident status who worked as auxiliary police personnel with the republic's security firms, Husni said they suffered only minor injuries, and have been discharged and were back at work.

Wisma Putra, in a statement earlier Tuesday, said the Malaysian High Commission will render the necessary consular assistance to the affected Malaysians in coordination with the authorities of Singapore.

It said Sunday's incident was an internal matter of Singapore.

Wisma Putra reiterated its reminder for Malaysians visiting, working or residing overseas to respect the laws of their host countries.

It was reported that 27 South Asian men were arrested over the riot, which was triggered when an Indian worker was run over and killed by a private bus at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.

Meanwhile, 24 people allegedly involved in the riot were brought to court Tuesday morning to face charges, Singapore's The Straits Times reported.