Updated: 12/12/2013 02:17

SCAL advises foreign workers not to congregate at Little India this weekend



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The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd or SCAL has asked its members to advise their foreign workers to avoid congregating in Little India this weekend. 

This is to avoid what it describes as "unpleasant encounters." 

SCAL issued the advisory to its 2,800 members on Wednesday. 

Its president, Ho Nyok Yong told 938LIVE that this is to prevent "complicating" the situation. 

"Because the riot just happened last Sunday, there are quite a lot of things to settle, this is the way, I think, to not to complicate the issue." 

Construction companies such as Tiong Seng Contractors, have also expressed worries that their foreign workers would get into trouble with the authorities, especially at a time when the police are stepping up their presence in the district. 

Its Director is Derick Pay. 

"We don't restrict them to go anywhere, I mean, that's their rights. But, that is an area that they would probably get more checks by the police, all these, not that they are doing anything illegal." 

SCAL's Dr Ho says there are alternatives. 

For example, they can take part activities organised by the Migrant Workers' Centre this Sunday to commemorate International Migrants' Day. 

These celebrations will feature concerts and lucky draws. 

And instead of Litle India, they could go to recreational clubs built for them. 

"There are recreational clubs, like SCAL, we have one in Jurong West, there are shops, supermarket, workers can go there, if they want to." 

Dr Ho adds that the progress of construction projects belonging to its members have not been affected by the Police's on-going investigations into the riot. 

More than 3,700 foreign workers have been interviewed so far. 

SCAL is advising its members to cooperate with the authorities. 

And they should remain impartial to workers who've been called up by the Police for interviews but found to have played no part in the riot on Sunday. 

He also revealed that SCAL had a meeting with the Manpower Ministry and the Building and Construction Authority on Tuesday on the riot. 

But refused to reveal details. 

-By Lee Gim Siong

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