Little India Riot: Committee of Inquiry into riot appointed; to look into various areas
Published on Dec 13, 2013 5:33 PM
Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean has appointed a four-member Committee of Inquiry to look into the riot at Little India on Sunday.
The COI will be chaired by former Judge of the Supreme Court, G. Pannir Selvam. Other members of the committee are former Commissioner of Police, Mr Tee Tua Ba, former president of the Singapore National Trades Union Congress, Mr John De Payva and chairman of the West Coast Citizens' Consultative Committee Mr Andrew Chua.
The committee will establish the factors and circumstances that led to the riot on Dec 8 and also establish how the riot unfolded and how the response forces managed the incident. They will also consider whether current measures to manage incidents in the areas where foreign workers congregate are adequate and recommend if any further measures are needed to improve the management of this and to reduce the risk of such incidents happening again.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at a media conference on Friday evening said that the committee was chosen because they understand workers relations and with their experience they will be able to examine these issues thoroughly. DPM Teo added that the team was keen to start their work.
All interested parties who wish to be represented at the hearing or wish to give evidence at the Inquiry may send in their requests to Ministry of Home Affairs at New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560.
The findings of the committee will be made public.