Tag: Little India riot

Questions that should be asked in Parliament

By Mary Lee When Parliament sits on Jan 20, its members (PAP or Opposition) will be doing Singaporeans a real favour by asking questions concerning these highly relevant topics: The number of Singaporeans going abroad for tertiary education; the hospital bed crunch; the numerous education...

Foreign workers: What also needs to change

By Gaurav Sharma Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), Workfair Singapore and HealthServe asked the right questions at a Maruah forum on Monday night. Singapore does need better laws and even better enforcement to improve the situation of foreign workers in the country. But equal emphasis is...

MARUAH concerned over lack of justice and fairness for migrant workers

In the wake of the Little India riots and the crackdown that followed, MARUAH organised a public forum on Monday at the Marketing Institute of Singapore to discuss these topics. Titled ‘Foreign workers, Justice and Fairness,' it was chaired by MARUAH’s Vice President Mr...

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: What they say

By Benjamin Cheah In the wake of Sunday's riots,  opposition parties and ordinary citizens are responding with messages of calm,  reconciliation and encouragement. Workers' Party Media Team chair Gerald  Giam called for calm. “We urge members of the public to refrain from speculation  and unnecessary accusations...

Little India riot leads to Facebook debate

Here is a somewhat heated, but civilised, debate on Facebook after journalist Ian De Cotta posted a link to a report on the Little India riot. Trish Chan was a Singapore journalist before moving to San Francisco.   Trish Chan: This  is hilarious. Ian De Cotta: Trish,...

The Riot: A Young Singaporean's Perspective

By Benjamin Cheah I awoke on Monday morning to news of  the riot at Little India. I didn't expect a riot to mark my first day of work at  The Independent Singapore. But the riot itself was not surprising. While I grew  up in a...

Little India Riot: Where were ST, Today, MyPaper and BT?

As expected, the focus was on the behaviour of the social media. What about that of the good boy of Singapore journalism, the mainstream media? The reporting by MSM on the first day, Dec 10, was pathetic. The Straits Times had just one report; it was...

Cherian George on Little India Riot

"The debate that is commencing is an important one; it deserves to be conducted in a healthy fashion. Reliable information is vital. It was reassuring to see that, at the height of the emergency, the Police understood the importance of effective crisis communication, using Twitter...

Little India riot: A reconstruction

We reconstruct the two hours of horror at Little  India  At 9.23 pm Sunday, a private bus  crashes into and kills 33-year-old Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu at  the junction of Race Course Road and Hempshire Road. The commotion draws a  crowd. SCDF and police are called in,...