Hundreds of Foreign Workers Torch Cars and Attack Police in Singapore Riot

Becky Evans, Daily Mail (London), December 9, 2013

Hundreds of foreign workers set fire to cars and clashed with police during a riot in Singapore tonight.

The disorder, which is rare in the city state, broke out in Singapore’s Little India district after an Indian worker was reportedly hit and killed by a bus.

It is believed to be the worst outbreak of violence in Singapore for 40 years.

Ten police officers were injured as about 400 people rioted, flipping police cars and smashing ambulances with sticks and garbage bins.

Witness Dharmendra Yadav, told Channel News Asia that at least two vehicles were on fire, and that rubbish and broken bottles were strewn on the streets.

He said he and many others were in a nearby Hindu temple attending a wedding when police called asking that the gates be locked until officers gave them clearance to leave.

He said: ‘We heard explosions. We also heard warnings from riot police.’

Footage on Channel News Asia showed at least two vehicles on fire and debris strewn across Racecourse Road, one of the main thoroughfares in Little India. Many other private cars were reported to have been damaged as well.

Singapore Police Force said the riot started after a fatal traffic accident.

‘Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 subjects where the subjects damaged five police vehicles and one ambulance,’ it said in a statement.

Incidents like this are rare in Singapore, which has tough laws on rioting that carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison and possible caning.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that ‘whatever events may have sparked the rioting, there is no excuse for such violent, destructive, and criminal behaviour, according to ABC.

‘This is a serious incident which has resulted in injuries and damage to public property,’ said Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs. ‘Police will spare no efforts to apprehend the subjects involved in the riot.’

The area is popular among Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Nepali expatriates and is usually busy on Sundays as South Asian workers enjoy their day off.

The violence is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers.

Last year Singapore saw its biggest outbreak of labour unrest in years when around 170 bus drivers from mainland China went on strike illegally.

Police brought the riot under control at about 1am on Monday morning, local time.

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  • Spartacus

    The Singaporeans are learning the differences between the races… Let’s hope they do something about it.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      I advocate comprehensive immigration reform. You should, too.

      Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

      Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

      • Puggg

        Make MY immigration reform patriotic and nationalistic, please!

    • Max Krakah

      Singapore has been a “multicultural”show piece for the past few decades. It is significant though that this has necessitated a rather harsh and rigid police state. This is required in places where “multiculturalism” exists. We will someday see that rather than a peaceful, harmonious society,it has been a pressure cooker that only appeared peaceful and orderly until internal pressures became too great. One day Singapore will explode into interethnic violence. What we have seen in this incident is just a small example of what is to come.

      • Turf_Lodge

        Not as long as Singapore is wealthier than the surrounding countries. Asians prefer money to freedom.

    • Turf_Lodge

      Admittedly, the island of Singapore was stolen from Malays by Chinese. Malaya, will not allow that to happen again.

  • “Foreign workers” = Yoofs.

  • JohnEngelman

    The criminal justice system in Singapore knows how to handle this kind of thing.

    • MBlanc46

      But apparently the Singaporean elite doesn’t know that importing cheap labor is socially corrosive. Or perhaps they just don’t care.

      • JohnEngelman

        The largely Republican plutocracy in the U.S. does not care.

        • MBlanc46

          No, they certainly don’t, and, unlike the Dems, they probably have at least an inkling of what the social consequences will be.

      • Turf_Lodge

        The locals do as they have protested. The Chinese bus drivers that went on strike 6 months ago were arrested and deported back to China.

  • IstvanIN

    Singapore doesn’t put u with savagery.

  • borogirl54

    Singaporeans are dependent upon foreign labor. Most homes have a maid, either from Indonesia or the Philippines. Singapore is the richest nation in the world. Foreign workers such as those from India, Pakistan and from other poorer countries do the work the locals will not do.

    • IstvanIN

      Maybe Singaporeans need to clean their own homes and streets.

    • RisingReich

      Typical third world – ALWAYS someone poorer….ALWAYS.

    • MBlanc46

      “[T]he work the locals will not do.”

      Will not do, or prefer to import cheap labor to do?

      • borogirl54

        I have read where Singaporeans have said that they cannot function without a maid.The prevailing wage for a maid is around $400 a month US. These maids get one day a week off and they go to the best mall in Singapore and hang out in the hundreds where they socialize with their friends are seen as a nuisance by the general population of Singapore.

        • MBlanc46

          People who can’t clean up after themselves are on the path to extinction.

      • Turf_Lodge

        In order to make it in Asia, you need someone to look down upon.

    • Bantu_Education

      I think Luxembourg and Norway, possibly Switzerland, and a handful of island micro-states are richer than Singapore, but then S’pore began from a low base only 50 years ago. I consider Lee Kuan Yew, father of present PM, to be one of the greatest national leaders of the last century – certainly head and shoulders above the false black saint.

      • Turf_Lodge

        LKY cired when he got Singapore thrown out of the federation with Malaysia by his own arrogance. the true father of Singapore is the Dutch economist, Albert Winsemius. LKY used his ideas to line his pockets and create a monarchy.

  • Puggg

    I thought Indians from India were all so great, computer geniuses and doctors all to the last one of them.

    • IstvanIN

      There is a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in…….

      • Alexandra1973

        And if you act now, I’d be willing to toss in some oceanfront property in Arizona! 🙂

    • Jackryanvb

      These are low caste Muslims from Bangledesh, sort of “Indian”.

      • Turf_Lodge

        the ones that Myanmar is having so much trouble with and the West imports as victim ‘refugees’.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Trouble in paradise?

  • I wouldn’t do that in Singapore. They kill you for that there.

  • bigone4u

    Diversity hasn’t worked anywhere, has it? Yet, liberal insanity insists on more and more of it here and everywhere. Racial separation worldwide is the only way to prevent the inevitable outbreaks of violence that diversity brings.

  • MBlanc46

    Import cheap labor and you import intractable social problems. Stable prosperous societies and cheap labor are mutually exclusive.

  • PesachPatriot

    These indian rioters are in a lot of trouble….singapore canes people for spitting or throwing gum in the street….I don’t think the punishment for rioting includes self-esteem building exercises and sensitivity workshops….

  • Singapore’s death penalty for simple possession of illegal narcotics seems rather draconian to me. On the other hand, I very much liked the way they caned Michael Faye for spray-painting graffiti on automobiles there in the mid 1990s. I wish our courts could cane graffiti vandals here in the US.

  • Jackryanvb

    Singapore and Switzerland are my favorite countries. Singapore’s great president Mr. Lee flat our banned rap music from the country – my kind of guy.

    Everything we long to do to rioters, illegal alien trouble makers, teen vandals, hard drug traffickers, Singapore does it and does it well.

    Libertarian loons like Ron Paul and Rand Paul are not tolerated in Singapore, not for 5 minutes.

  • Spartacus

    Actually, no, they didn’t. Singapore was built by it’s Chinese citizens, and by some Whites here and there . The dark-skins had no contribution.