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Updated: 01/17/2014 15:46 | By Channel NewsAsia

Parliament to discuss Little India riot, foreign workers

Parliament to discuss Little India riot, foreign workers


Parliament to discuss Little India riot, foreign workers

SINGAPORE: The December 8 riot at Little India, alcohol consumption ban, liquor licensing and the issue of foreign workers will be the focus of questions brought up by Members of Parliament when Parliament sits on Monday, January 20.

MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua will ask specifically if the government will consider developing and implementing a slew of measures beyond the proposed restrictions on alcohol sale and consumption in areas with high potential risk of disamenities and public disorder by consumers.

The safety and security of Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force personnel in light of the riot is another area of concern for MPs like Alex Yam (Chua Chu Kang GRC) and Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC).

Nominated MP Tan Su Shan will ask if the Manpower Ministry will consider setting industry standards for the management of foreign workers, for example in the provision of amenities in foreign worker dormitories, management of facilities and conduct of awareness programmes.

Several MPs like Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC) and Dr Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) are also seeking clarifications with regard to the exemption on the Do Not Call Registry.

The issue of access to licensed moneylenders in the heartlands is on the minds of several MPs.

MP for West Coast GRC Foo Mee Har wants to know how vulnerable borrowers may be better protected from the temptation of easy credit from moneylenders.

MP for Punggol East Lee Li Lian will ask about the interest rate caps for secured and unsecured loans for lower income earners.

Some MPs like Vikram Nair (Sembawang GRC) and David Ong (Jurong GRC) will also ask what is being done to improve cyber security in light of recent hacking incidents.

Two ministerial statements will be made when parliament sits.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean will make a ministerial statement on the Little India riot while Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin will present one on foreign worker management.  - CNA/nd

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