A huge riot broke out in Little India yesterday evening (8 Dec) when a bus had run over and killed a man. Police report that there were about 400 rioters and authorities sent about 300 police to the scene. Police arrested 27 subjects over the incident and it is believed that the riot was not premeditated but rather just sparked off by the fatal accident involving a private bus and a man believed to be an Indian National.
Police were overwhelmed when a rare riot broke out in Singapore on Sunday night, apparently after a Bangladeshi worker in the Little India was hit and killed by a bus. Following the fatal accident a group of over 400 people became very enraged and a riot broke out with a group of men attacking the windshield of the bus with sticks and bins. The incident happened on the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
The recent riots by foreign Indian workers in Serangoon road is the flip side of the success of Singapore's education. Our kids scored among the highest in the world for Math and Science, according to a study commissioned by the OECD. Click the link for more details. Some of you may be scratching your heads on how a riot by foreign workers has something to do with our education system.
Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people. The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.
The policies the PAP have put down thus far makes absolute sense when looking at the event in an economical sphere. However, politics is never solely reliant on economic logic, social factors have to come in play at some point, whether it's the need to please your voters at the polls in a democracy, or to prevent a general uprising in an absolute dictatorship. The policies of the PAP have thus far largely ignored the growing dissent on the ground.
Back in April this year, Khaw Boon Wan had said that Singapore could consider housing foreign workers on offshore islands. Khaw had said that Singapore was “open to the idea” citing that Singapore had done so in the past. Workers were previously housed on small, offshore islands such as Jurong Island and Pulau Brani for some time.
In 2006, the SDP had warned that "the social impact of the foreign recruitment policy may yet prove disastrous for Singaporeans." We cautioned again when we wrote our alternative population paper in 2013: "The population explosion will cause further economic, social and psychological stress for the people, as well as add to national security implications. For the sake of a safe and secure Singapore, the Government must rethink its population policy.”