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DPM Teo made call to repatriate those involved in riot

Published on Jan 21, 2014 8:40 AM
A riot involving almost 400 people broke out along Race Course Road in Little India on Dec 8 last year. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean told Parliament yesterday that he made the call to repatriate 57 workers involved in last month's Little India riot.

DPM Teo, based on the statutory powers vested in him as Home Affairs Minister, decided to do so on top of the Attorney-General's Chambers' (AGC) move to issue stern warnings to the workers.

"Foreign workers must know that if they flout our rules they face repatriation," he said in a ministerial statement on the Dec8 riot. "We need to be strict about this, to maintain the safety and security of our society."

The 57 workers had "knowingly joined or continued to participate in the riot" despite being ordered to disperse by the police - an offence under the Penal Code, he added.

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