SINGAPORE: The number of reported incidents of drunkenness in public places rose last year after a steady decline in the past three years.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean revealed this on Monday in a written reply to a Parliamentary question by Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Yee Jenn Jong who asked for statistics pertaining to such incidents.
From January to November last year, 148 incidents of drunkenness in public places were reported, up from 104 in the whole of 2012, 132 in 2011 and 140 in 2010.
The statistics for December are not ready.
Separately, Mr Teo, who is also the Minister for Home Affairs, said that between 2009 and 2013, more than 18,000 persons were arrested each year.
Of these, about 20 per cent were foreigners.
During the same period, the arrest rate for foreigners was 272 per 100,000 foreigners, while the arrest rate for residents, which include Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, was 385 per 100,000 residents.
He gave these figures in response to NCMP Lina Chiam's request for the breakdown of crimes committed by residents and foreigners. - CNA/fa
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