Valid complaint or not, they have committed an offence
ALL disputes, whether they be labour-related, social or religious, should go through a proper process of consultation and negotiation ("102 SMRT bus drivers protest against pay"; yesterday).
These workers should have sought legal advice or gone to the Ministry of Manpower with regard to disagreements over their compensation.
Singapore has a large population of foreign workers.
Letting such a public display of disregard for the Singapore legal system go unpunished will encourage events of a similar nature to happen in future.
I urge the Government to act strongly and decisively on this issue.
I do not question the underlying motives or justifications for such an act.
But it must be recognised that no matter what the causes are, such an act is an offence and a breach of the legal statutes of Singapore.
The sanctity of the laws of Singapore must be upheld and respected by everyone living in Singapore regardless of race, nationality or religion.