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More foreign workers back in Little India

Published on Jan 6, 2014 7:42 AM
A road marshal guiding vehicular and human traffic along Race Course Road yesterday. Many foreign workers returned to Little India after getting their pay. Some businesses cautiously reported increased takings. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

BUOYED by payday in the first week of the month, many foreign workers made their way to Little India yesterday to eat, shop and remit money home.

Snaking queues were seen at ATMs when The Straits Times visited in the evening, while some businesses cautiously reported increased takings compared with last Sunday - though still nowhere near the levels before the Dec 8 riot.

But shopkeepers selling alcohol said sales remained slow after police banned the consumption of alcohol in public places in Little India on weekends, public holidays and their eve, following the riot.

Serangoon Road SIM card stall owner Kelvin Chia, 46, saw sales go up by 40 per cent. But he was sceptical that the recovery would last. "It's mostly because of workers' salaries coming in," he said.

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