Thursday, December 12, 2013

Singapore bans alcohol consumption, sale in riot hit Little India

Singapore bans alcohol consumption, sale in riot hit Little India


Singapore's civil defence officers extinguish burning vehicles following a riot in Singapore's Little India district. (Reuters) Singapore's civil defence officers extinguish burning vehicles following a riot in Singapore's Little India district. (Reuters)
SUMMARYWhile cause for the riot is unknown, officials feel that alcohol consumption could be a factor.
Sale and consumption of alcohol will be banned this coming weekend in Little India's Race Course Road area where riot broke out on Sunday night after a fatal accident.
Announcing the ban on Monday, Second Minister for Home
Affairs S Iswaran said details of the ban, such as exactly what time it would apply and what geographical area it would cover, would be worked out by the police.
Though it was too early to say definitively what caused the riot, which was triggered after a fatal traffic accident, it is "plausible that alcohol consumption was a contributory factor", The Straits Times quoted the Minister as saying.
"And that is why we have taken this step in the first instance in order to stabilise the situation," stressed Iswaran after visiting the area last evening.
Transport Minister and Member of Parliament for the area, Lui Tuck Yew, said that he has wanted curbs on the sale of alcohol in the area for some time, after seeing the proliferation of liquor licences there.
"I know my residents will fully support this immediate measure," he said.
Lui and Iswaran visited the area yesterday, during which they spoke to shopkeepers there.

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