In a media statement on the incident, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there was "no excuse for such violent and criminal behaviour" and that the Government would "deal with the culprits with the full force of the law".
He also appealed for calm, saying: "The riot was an isolated incident arising from the unlawful actions of an unruly mob reacting to a fatal traffic accident. The vast majority of foreign workers in Singapore are law-abiding workers.
They contribute to our economy, working hard to earn a living and support their families back home.
"We must not allow this bad incident to tarnish our views of the foreign worker community here."
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