Police step up patrols at popular hang-outs

Police patrols, particularly in migrant worker hang-outs across Singapore, have been stepped up in the wake of last Sunday's riot in Little India.

Besides the Indian enclave, police officers were spotted on Sunday in places such as Golden Mile Complex, which is popular among Thais, and Geylang, where Chinese workers tend to gather.

Workers who live near Jalan Kayu said the police have popped up "almost every day" around their Seletar Farmway quarters since the riot.

A greater police presence is also being felt at Teban Gardens and Penjuru, both near Jurong, as well as MRT stations like Dhoby Ghaut.

Such intensified police presence has put Geylang residents like Mr Tan Xiang Li, 58, at ease.

Pointing at surveillance cameras he has installed outside his home, he said: "It's a complicated area where people tend to drink and create trouble."

Thai national Tiyabot Khamchit, 40, visits Golden Mile Complex twice a month to remit money, buy groceries and hang out with friends over beers.

The construction worker, who has been here for 17 years, said: "We don't make trouble, so even with more police, there is nothing to be afraid of."


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