Updated: 12/10/2013 19:37

PM Lee orders Committee of Inquiry on riot

PM Lee orders Committee of Inquiry on riot

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has directed the Home Affairs Ministry to convene a Committee of Inquiry on the riot in Little India last night. 

The committee 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. 

The ministry will provide more details when ready. 

In a statement this afternoon, Mr Lee also said the riot was an isolated incident arising from the unlawful actions of an unruly mob reacting to a fatal traffic accident.

He also said the riot was a very serious incident, and there is no excuse for the violent and criminal behaviour. 

The authorities are investigating the incident thoroughly and will deal with the culprits with the full force of the law. 

Mr Lee offered his deepest condolences to the family of Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu, who was killed in the traffic accident that preceded the riot. 

Prime Minister Lee also said that the vast majority of foreign workers in Singapore are law-abiding workers. 

They contribute to the Singapore economy, working hard to earn a living and support their families back home. 

Mr lee said we must not allow this bad incident to tarnish our views of the foreign worker community here. 

He urged Singaporeans to remain calm and continue with their daily lives. 

He also called on them to support frontline officers in the Home Team, and share any leads they may have with the police. 

He said he's glad the Home Team officers who were injured in the incident have been discharged from the hospital, and are recovering well, and wished them a complete and speedy recovery. 

Prime Minister Lee urged Singaporeans to stay united as one people as we deal with this unfortunate incident, and keep Singapore a safe and orderly country.

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