Tag: riot

‘Smart mediator’ Tun Mahathir quickly settles Malaysian Hindu temple riots

QUICK-THINKING intervention by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has amicably ended the stalemate surrounding the relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The veteran Malaysian Prime Minister has been praised for pulling the strings at the highest levels to ensure that...

Eyewitness says mob that attacked Malaysian temple was in a ‘trance-like state’

The chairman of the Save Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple task force, S. Ramaji, has come forward and said that the men who attacked the 147-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25, Putra Heights before dawn on Monday, November 26, were in a state...

18 vehicles set on fire in Malaysia’s Seafield Sri Mariamman Temple riot

Update: The chairman of the Save Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple task force, S. Ramaji, has come forward and said that the men who attacked the 147-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25, Putra Heights before dawn on Monday, November 26, were in a state...

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...

Will Little India still be Little India?

Human rights group, MARUAH, will be holding a panel discussion on the impact of the proposed Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill on the social landscape of Little India. The bill was last announced in January and is scheduled for second reading on February 17 in...

Security Threats or Scapegoats?

By Benjamin Cheah Among the 57 foreign workers   repatriated for allegedly participating in the Little India riots, four of   them were originally slated to face criminal charges. While the   Attorney-General's Chambers decided to withdraw the charges against those   four, they were deported anyway for being...

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: A case of self denial

By Tan Bah Bah News of the riot in Little India on Dec 8 first reached me when someone flashed me what looked like headlines, with pictures and a video. That was how quick the social media picked up the action. The event did not...

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,...