Sunday, Apr 20, 2014Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

PM Lee meets first responders of Little India riot over breakfast

Published on Dec 24, 2013 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday morning heard first hand from 38 Home Team officers who were the first responders in the Dec 8 Little India riot.

Over breakfast at Rochor Neighbourhood Police Centre, Mr Lee spent more than an hour listening to their accounts, including of projectiles being thrown at them as they did their rescue work and crowd control.

He thanked them for performing their duty with courage and collectedness, and encouraged them not to heed some of the online criticism about their actions.

Speaking later to reporters, Mr Lee said they were able to carry out their duty because among them were officers who had many years of experience, and they had undergone training. Also, the Home Team was able to work as one, he added.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here