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Safety of Little India’s residents can be improved

Little India’s residents have voiced concerns about overcrowding and disamenities in the area caused by weekend crowds, rowdy and drunken behaviour and bad traffic (“Make Little India a better place”, March 30, 2012; “Little India to match the rest of the country”, April 20, 2012; “Jaywalking and honking in Little India must stop” and “Little India: Residents know better”, April 28, 2012).

Lee Kok Leong

Little India’s residents have voiced concerns about overcrowding and disamenities in the area caused by weekend crowds, rowdy and drunken behaviour and bad traffic (“Make Little India a better place”, March 30, 2012; “Little India to match the rest of the country”, April 20, 2012; “Jaywalking and honking in Little India must stop” and “Little India: Residents know better”, April 28, 2012).

Our fears went beyond such problems and a nightmare has come true. More appallingly and alarmingly, the rioting mob on Sunday injured our Home Team officers, who were there to maintain safety, law and order.

Immediate action must be taken to prevent more unfortunate events and address this compromise in security. Government agencies should work together on measures that can be taken as soon as possible to calm residents.

I have three suggestions to ensure residents’ safety.

First, fencing and security gates should be installed at all public housing blocks in Buffalo Road, Chander Road, Klang Lane and Farrer Park, akin to Design, Build and Sell Scheme blocks where only residents and authorised guests are allowed to enter.

Second, a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol, within 1km of residential areas, should be enforced immediately. There should also be riot police in Little India on weekends.

Third, private operators should be banned from bussing foreign workers to Little India with immediate effect. The buses parked along Hampshire Road are hazardous to road users and encourage the workers to congregate conveniently in the area, which can pose a security concern.

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