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Step up safety in Geylang, say MPs, grassroots leaders

Fewer alcohol licences, stricter operating hours for businesses among measures suggested

Published on Mar 30, 2014 7:49 AM
Police Tactical Unit officers on patrol at Geylang Road at 2am on March 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Geylang Members of Parliament and grassroots leaders want more done to keep the area safe, and say the measures should go beyond ramping up police patrols.

Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Edwin Tong wants fewer alcohol licences issued, stricter operating hours for businesses near residential estates, and a stop to foreign worker dormitories sprouting near Housing Board flats.

Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, MP for Marine Parade GRC, who has overseen a series of measures such as lighting up dark alleys, believes a comprehensive review is needed.

Geylang has come under fresh focus after Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said last Tuesday that he was more worried about the area than Little India, where a riot involving foreign workers took place last December.

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