5 years on from Little India riot: Businesses still in a slump but residents welcome less rowdy environment

A customer buying a can of beer in Little India at about 9pm on Dec 2, 2018. Such transactions are taking place surreptitiously as shops in Little India are barred from selling liquor past 7pm on weekends and from 10.30pm on weekdays.
A customer buying a can of beer in Little India at about 9pm on Dec 2, 2018. Such transactions are taking place surreptitiously as shops in Little India are barred from selling liquor past 7pm on weekends and from 10.30pm on weekdays.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - Inside a Little India liquor store, money changes hands quickly, and just as swiftly, a store owner passes a bottle hidden underneath newspapers and a plastic bag to a foreign worker.

Within 30 minutes from 8.45pm on a Sunday, more than 10 customers have bought either beer in cans or liquor in bottles - all wrapped -from the store located in the main street.

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