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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:29:26 AM

Committee of inquiry to be set up to investigate riot

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that a committee of inquiry will be set up to investigate the causes of the riot that broke out in Little India.

“The COI will look into the factors that led to the incident and how the incident was handled on the ground. It will also review the current measures to manage areas where foreign workers congregate, whether they are adequate and how they can be improved. MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) will provide more details when ready,” he said in a statement.

Lee said the riot was an isolated incident arising from the unlawful actions of an unruly mob reacting to a fatal traffic accident.

“The vast majority of foreign workers in Singapore are law-abiding workers. We must not allow this bad incident to tarnish our views of the foreign worker community here,” he said.

He also offered his deepest condolences to the family of Sakthivel Kumaravelu, who was killed in the traffic accident that preceded the riot, and urged Singaporeans to remain calm and continue with their daily lives.

“Support our frontline officers in the Home Team.

“Let us stay united as we deal with this unfortunate incident,” he said. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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