Tag Archives: LITTLE INDIA RIOT

I SALUTE COMMISSIONER NG JOO HEE FOR HIS FRANKNESS

To me, the frankness of NJH is like a breath of fresh air amongst all the bad breath we encounter with typical PAP ministers and MPs and some top civil servants. We should encourage someone like NJH who called a spade, a spade. Through his candid revelations Singaporeans realised that the SPF is short handed. Through his revelations SG now know that Geylang is not only red light area but also a RED ALERT zone.

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SINKIE NETIZEN FINED $5,000 FOR POSTING LIES ABOUT LITTLE INDIA RIOT ON FB

A technician was fined $5,000 on Thursday for sending a false message through Facebook that three police officers and two civil defence officers died in the Little India riot. Desmond Lum Mun Hui, 28, pleaded guilty to transmitting a message which he knew to be fabricated through Facebook on Dec 9 last year, a day after the riot. He posted the comment: "Yesterday riot cause 3 spf and 2 cd dead.. all nsf.. haiz.. sg..'' from his home in Jurong West Street 42.

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Little India riot: Second man sentenced to 33 months’ jail and three strokes

A former construction worker, the second man to plead guilty to rioting during the melee in Little India last December, was this afternoon (May 15) sentenced to 33 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane. Arumugam Karthik, a 25-year-old Indian national, had thrown projectiles at three police vehicles and one fire engine, and flipped over the three police cars. He also set fire to one of the police vehicles. The riot, the worst outbreak of violence in Singapore in more than 40 years, was sparked off by a fatal bus accident involving another Indian national, Sakthivel Kumaravelu.

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Little India Riot: Accused ‘waiting for his brother’

DSP Subramaniam, who took the witness stand on Tuesday, admitted he could not identify the accused in court. He also testified that he ordered the arrest of a man he believed to be Thavamani after the worker disobeyed police orders and "was insistent" in going down Belilios Road - an area which was being cleared by the police. The man was "becoming agitated, his tone grew louder, and he was adamant that he wanted to enter", said the DSP. He added that he was "certain that he (Thavamani) made no mention" of a lost brother.

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Bertha Henson: We should back our police force

Just as predictably, NGOs spoke up on behalf of foreign workers, citing the lack of amenities that cater for them. Then there were those who spoke about Geylang’s colourful and flavourful atmosphere, so different from the rest of sterile Singapore I suppose. If you don’t look for trouble, you don’t get into trouble. Unsavoury characters leave you alone, say the Geylang lobby. That got me thinking of Joo Chiat. Remember the fuss that was being made over how the area was turning into sleaze street? The community, mainly residents, got involved and the area appeared to have been cleaned up.

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RIOT HAPPENED IN SINGAPORE BETWEEN THAI AND KOREAN WORKERS IN 1985

So thanks to the COI, we now know that the Little India riot wasn't the first of its kind, post independence. Commissioner Ng Joo Hee mentioned a little known riot that broke out back in 1985 while he was on the stand. Apparently that riot broke out due to a conflict between Korean and Thai workers at a construction site. It's also a coincidence that Mr. Tee. was the top cop on site back then when the police intervened to quell that incident. This little tidbit alone should explain to the uninitiated why Mr. Tee was selected by the G to be a part of the Little India COI. In case you're wondering why this is probably the first time you are hearing about the riot of 1985, CP Ng said it was because there wasn't an internet and social media to proliferate news about it back then. And it was thankfully confined to a construction site.

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NEW SECURITY LAW WILL TAKE EFFECT IN LITTLE INDIA FROM TUESDAY

A new law to keep the peace in Little India will take effect from Tuesday, replacing existing measures invoked on a weekly basis since the Dec 8 riot last year. The Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Act (POATM) passed in Parliament on Feb 18 provides for a focused set of powers, far more limited than the extensive powers available under the Public Order (Preservation) Act, which has been invoked weekly since the riot to maintain order in Little India.

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LITTLE INDIA RIOTER: “I WANT YOU ALL TO DIE TODAY”

As he was seeking shelter at the back of the ambulance, a foreign worker climbed into the driver's seat and toyed with the engine switch. An APO on the ambulance has told the committee previously that he had heard the foreign worker say in Tamil: "I want you all to die today." The officers ran towards Bukit Timah Road after exiting the ambulance. Staff Sergeant Yaacob said: "I saw one of the rioters take off his t-shirt, set it alight, then burn the ambulance. It happened in front of me. I was very sad."

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Resident misses area’s charm and vibrancy, others say it’s peaceful

The housewife - who testified yesterday before the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Dec 8 riot - gave a markedly different take from many long-time residents of the estate who appeared before and after she took the stand at the hearings. On Tuesday, Mr Martin Pereira, a resident of Klang Lane which is just a stone's throw from the epicentre of the riot, told the committee that foreign workers would have a picnic, consume alcohol and sleep at void decks and other public places.

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