Tag: COI

Seven months after the Little India riot…

More cameras, more police officers and better lighting. In Parliament today, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced moves to better police areas frequented by foreign workers in reaction to the Little India riot. He said: “We intend to increase the number of troops from...

Little India: Was street culture a factor?

The Little India riot Committee of Inquiry identified the street sub-culture among the working class men of Tamil Nadu as a possible factor for the events following the accidental death of a foreign worker. Mob violence usually took over as the street crowds sought revenge...

When right is not really right with migrant worker laws

Singapore needs to work on enforcing the rights of migrant workers, not just informing them of their rights, said the President of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), Russell Heng. Responding to the Little India Riot COI, Heng said today that TWC2 welcomes its recommendations that...

Little India riot report: Where is the SCDF in all this?

Critics have thrown scorn at the Little India Riot COI report.  Some said the COI gave the Home Team only a slap on the wrist - citing the fact that the Home Team was too busy standing their ground as rioters went to town...

Little India inquiry’s fearless duo

by Tan Bah Bah So far we have not heard anything much from NTUC's John   De Payva or chairman of West Coast CCC's Chua Thiam Chwee at the Committee of Inquiry hearing on the Little India riot. But the Singapore Police Force and The Straits Times had...

Little India Bill: What activists should have done

The civil rights of residents in Little India won out over the civil rights of the larger Singapore society. So much for the “bad law” arguments put forth in a detailed background paper by a handful of civil rights activists, including former opposition politician...

COI Chairman on Straits Times story: It’s…Contempt of Court

COI Chairman G Pannir Selvam has told the inquiry what the Straits Times did – by running a story on the bus driver relating to what he will be testifying before the Inquiry – was contempt of court. Here's an excerpt from TODAY Online's COI...

Questions COI should ask

By Mary Lee It doesn’t take much to turn a disorderly group into a raging mob. Ask any driver who’s had to go down Race Course Road on a Sunday evening and you’ll hear that it is as packed as Chinatown’s sidestreets before every Chinese...

Little India Riot: Not A Little Local Difficulty

By Vincent Wijeysingha The  incident on Sunday night turned the world’s spotlight  towards Singapore. We have in turn focussed that spotlight inward, searching for answers to this first violent commotion to hit the island  since the sixties. While the NGOs have raised  the problems of foreign workers to national consciousness, the Population White  Paper crystallised the resentment of...