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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:53:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 11:56:19 AM

Singapore riot: Malaysian detained over possible involvement, says Wisma Putra

A police car (L) flipped on it side on fire after rioters went on a rampage in Singapore's Little India district late on December 8. Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore late on December 8 after being enraged by a fatal road accident, leaving 18 people injured and police vehicles burnt in the city-state's worst outbreak of violence in more than 40 years. - AFP

A police car (L) flipped on it side on fire after rioters went on a rampage in Singapore's Little India district late on December 8. Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore late on December 8 after being enraged by a fatal road accident, leaving 18 people injured and police vehicles burnt in the city-state's worst outbreak of violence in more than 40 years. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian national has been detained for investigation over possible involvement in Sunday night's riot in Singapore's Little India.

A statement Tuesday from the Foreign Ministry said it was informed of this by the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore.

It added that mission has also been informed "unofficially" by the Singapore Police Command Post that five auxiliary police personnel, who are Malaysians with permanent resident status in the island state, suffered minor injuries while assisting Singapore police in handling the riot.

"The five Malaysians are working with three major security firms employed by the government of Singapore to assist the Singapore police in its operation," the Wisma Putra statement said.

The High Commission, it added, will render the necessary consular assistance to the affected Malaysians in coordination with the authorities of Singapore.

The ministry also stressed that it has frequently reminded Malaysians visiting, working or residing overseas to respect the laws of their host countries just as Malaysians expected foreigners residing here to abide by the nation's laws.

It was reported that 27 South Asian men were arrested over the riot, which was triggered when an Indian worker was run over and killed by a private bus at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.

According to Singapore's The Straits Times, of those detained, 24 were Indian nationals, two were Bangladeshi nationals and one a Singaporean permanent resident.


Tags / Keywords: Government, Singapore riot, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Little India

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