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    Default Little India Riot: Police say situation did not call for use of service revolvers

    Published on Dec 10, 2013
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    By Lim Yan Liang

    Police officers who were tackling the Little India riots on Sunday night did not use their service revolvers because the situation did not call for it, said the police, responding to queries from The Straits Times on Monday.

    Addressing some concerns that have been circulating online, a police spokesman said that while the rioters were using metal rods and cement blocks to smash the private bus involved in an earlier accident, at no point was there an "imminent danger" to officers on the ground that warranted deadly force, as the rioters did not attempt to attack policemen with these items.

    "All injuries suffered by officers and paramedics were inflicted by projectiles, and not close-range weapons,"
    said the spokesman, adding that firearms would not be discharged "unless absoutely necessary."

    The police also addressed the question of why anti-riot equipment, such as tear gas, was not used by officers on the ground. He said that first responders to the scene were frontline officers that did not carry riot gear, and that the initial call was to assist with a traffic accident. Special Operations Command (SOC) was soon activated when the first police officers on scene assessed that the situation had deteriorated, he said.

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    Default SEA Games: Wushu women's duilian duo win Singapore's first gold of the SEA Games

    Published on Dec 10, 2013
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    Singapore's Vera Tan (right) and Valerie Wee en route to winning gold in women's duilian (barehand) event for wushu in the 27th SEA Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Dec 10, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM



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    Singapore's Vera Tan (left) and Valerie Wee (right) rejoice after winning gold in women's duilian (barehand) event for wushu in the 27th SEA Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Dec 10, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM



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    Valerie Wee En Ling. -- TNP PHOTO: GAVIN FOO



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    Singapore's Valerie Wee (left) and Vera Tan (right) with their gold medal from women's duilian (barehand) event for wushu in the 27th SEA Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on 10 Dec 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM



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    Vera Tan Yan Ning. -- TNP PHOTO: GAVIN FOO



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    Vera Tan Yan Ning. -- TNP PHOTO: GAVIN FOO



    By Sanjay Nair In Naypyidaw

    Team Singapore won their first gold at the 2013 SEA Games after a brilliant display from the Republic's female wushu exponents.

    Valerie Wee and Vera Tan came out tops in the three-team women's duilian (barehand) at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Tuesday morning. The duo scored 9.63, finishing ahead of Myanmar and Indonesia in second and third spots.


    Emily Sin, Zoe Mui and Hui Xin Fung picked up a silver in the women's duilian (barehand) and taijijian exponent Lee Tze Yuan bagged a bronze, adding to Singapore's final wushu medal tally of one gold, two silver and two bronze. In 2011, the Republic picked up one gold and two bronze.

    Singapore's waterpolo team are poised to win their 25th consecutive SEA Games water polo title later today, needing a win over minnows Myanmar to confirm gold.

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    Default SEA Games: 30 sports confirmed for 2015 Singapore Games; additional sports to follow

    Published on Dec 10, 2013
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    By Chia Han Keong In Naypyidaw


    The SEA Games Federation has confirmed an initial list of 30 sports for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore
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    The 30 sports are: aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiards & snooker, bowling, canoeing, cycling, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, netball, silat, rugby sevens, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, softball, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, triathlon, waterski, wushu.

    Singapore National Olympic Council secretary-general Chris Chan said that there is room for another six to eight sports. The SEA Games Federation will decide on Feb 15 how many sports to add. Some of the candidates in the running to be chosen as the additional sports include floorball, petanque, weightlifting and boxing.

    The Singapore Games will be held from June 5-16 at the Singapore Sports Hub.

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    Default SEA Games: Men's water polo team delivers Singapore's second gold after win over host

    Published on Dec 10, 2013
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    Singapore's Loh Zhi Zhi reacts after scoring. Singapore's water polo team beat hosts Myanmar 21-13 for its 25th successive SEA Games crown. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    By Chan U-gene In Naypyidaw


    Singapore has won its second gold medal of the Myanmar SEA Games.


    The water polo team beat hosts Myanmar 21-13 for its 25th successive SEA Games crown. This completes their unbeaten run in the five-team round robin contest. Their record include wins over Malaysia (18-7), Indonesia (8-5) and Thailand (8-5).

    The gold follows one won in wushu. The women's duilian duo Valerie Wee and Vera Tan won the final gold of the wushu competition.

    Singapore's medal tally stands at two golds, two silvers and two bronzes. The SEA Games will officially start on Wednesday,

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    Default Little India Riot: India's Sun TV asked to correct "erroneous" report

    Published on Dec 10, 2013




    Singapore's High Commissioner to India Lim Thuan Kuan has written to India's Sun TV Network to ask for immediate corrections to its "erroneous" coverage of Sunday's riot in Little India. -- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM YOUTUBE



    Singapore's High Commissioner to India Lim Thuan Kuan has written to India's Sun TV Network to ask for immediate corrections to its "erroneous" coverage of Sunday's riot in Little India.

    In its news bulletin on Dec 9, the television station said the Indian national who was knocked down by the bus on Sunday was pushed out of the vehicle by the driver. It also claimed that Indian nationals were hiding in their homes for fear of being attacked by Singaporeans and the local Chinese or harassed by the police.

    These claims were "entirely false",said Mr Lim in a letter dated Dec 10.

    "The deceased had boarded the bus when it was already full. The deceased also appeared to be drunk and he was causing trouble on the bus, even dropping his trousers whilst on the bus," said the letter. "After the deceased was assisted off the bus, he proceeded to walk/run alongside the bus in an unsteady manner while holding onto his pants . He stumbled and fell onto the path of the back wheel of the bus and was run over."

    "The inaccurate and sensationalist coverage clearly shows that Sun TV did not even bother to check the facts before reporting on the incident," said the letter.

    "We are requesting an immediate correction (both online and on broadcast) and for Sun TV to provide the full facts of the case so that your viewers have an accurate understanding of what really happened."

    A police report has also been filed here against Sun TV by an unknown person. When contacted, police could only confirm that a report was made, but did not elaborate if they will be investigating.

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    Default Little India Riot: Police report made against Sun TV's riot report

    Published on Dec 10, 2013


    By Pearl Lee

    A police report has been made against India's Sun TV over its new report on the riot that broke out in Little India on Sunday night.

    The report said that the riot was triggered by a female bus driver who had pushed an Indian male passenger off the bus, causing his death in the process.

    Sun TV reported this in its bulletin on Monday evening.

    The news anchor then said in Tamil that when the other Indians at the scene saw it, they got angry and started to attack the bus driver and the bus. It added that Singaporean authorities and Chinese persons started to attack the Indians, and in the process, two vehicles were torched.

    When contacted, police could only confirm that a report was made, but did not elaborate if they will be investigating.

    A copy of the report seen by The Straits Times had the details of the person who lodged the report blanked out.

    When The Straits Times contacted Sun TV, a man who gave his name as Mr Uma Shankar and claimed that he is the editor in charge of the news section, said he was unable to comment at this point, as he needed to check the facts with the sub-editor who had written the report.

    Lawyers in Singapore whom The Straits Times spoke to said it would be difficult to take the television station to task.

    Mr Ravinderpal Singh of Kalco Law said: "They are not maligning any individuals. Just reporting incorrect facts alone do not attract any legal liability."

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    Default Little India Riot: Police provide timeline of events on Sunday night

    Published on Dec 10, 2013





    Police Special Operations Command doing their rounds of patrolling Little India as security is stepped up after Sunday's rioting in Little India. The police in a press conference on Tuesday evening gave a chronological breakdown of what happened on Sunday night in Little India. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



    By Hoe Pei Shan

    The police in a press conference on Tuesday evening gave a chronological breakdown of what happened on Sunday night in Little India.

    Here is a look at the timeline as told by the police:

    - 9:23pm: Police are informed of a serious road traffic accident
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    - 9.25pm: Singapore Civil Defence Force are alerted to the incident.
    - 9.31pm: First ambulance arrives at the scene.
    - 9.37pm: The first police fast response car arrives at the scene.
    - 9.38pm: First first engine arrives. A crowd of about 100 have congregated.
    - 9.41pm: Police reinforcements start arriving.
    - 9.45pm: The crowd has swelled to about 400 by this time.
    - 9.54pm: The body of worker is extricated from under the bus. Mob starts pelting emergency officers and are holding dangerous weapons like drain covers.
    - 10.11pm: Police shield bus driver and time keeper to ambulance. Mob behaves aggressively and hinders police efforts.
    -10.30: First group of Special Operations Command (SOC) officers arrive.
    - 10.37pm: Police activate a major recall of patrol cars islandwide. A total of 53 police cars activated.
    - 10.44pm: SOC officers get into formation and began to disperse mob. Police arrest suspects.
    - 11:45pm: Mob is dispersed.
    - 12.01am: Investigations at the scene commence.
    - 12.39am: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean arrives with Deputy Commissioner of Police T. Raja Kumar.
    - 5.03am: National Environment Agency begins clean up of site.
    - 6.30am: Roads are passable to traffic.

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    Default Little India Riot: Online video shows workers helping police and paramedics escape mo

    Published on Dec 10, 2013


    By Rachel Au-Yong

    A video posted on Facebook on Tuesday shows rioters pelting police and paramedics with objects as they fled from an ambulance where they were taking cover. Some workers nearer the ambulance, however, were helping the officers out.

    The good samaritans were seen approaching the ambulance amidst the chaos and gestured for trapped paramedics and police officers onboard to flee.

    A police patrol car, which had been turned on its side, and positioned in front of the ambulance, was on fire. All this while a large group of people had gathered by the pavement, watching what unfolds. Unseen mob participants can be heard throwing objects at the ambulance.

    The paramedics and police officers are later seen running away from the burning vehicle and ambulance. As they do so, screams and shouts can be heard - some sound like cheering, others jeering.



    A video posted on Facebook on Tuesday shows rioters pelting police and paramedics with objects as they fled from an ambulance where they were taking cover. Some workers nearer the ambulance, however, were helping the officers out. -- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM VIDEO


    If you know any of the men who approached the ambulance to help, we would like to hear from you. Call us at 6319-6397 or e-mail us at stnewsdesk@sph.com.sg


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    Default Little India Riot: Committee of Inquiry

    Little India Riot: Committee of Inquiry will be formed by the end of the week, says DPM Teo


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    DPM Teo Chee Hean (seond left) and SMS Masagos Zulkifli (not pictured) had lunch this afternoon with the Special Operations Command troopers who restored order in Little India on Sunday night. He expressed his appreciation to all the Home Team officers for their good work. -- PHOTO: MHA


    By Walter Sim

    The Committee of Inquiry to look into the cause of Sunday's riot in Little India will be formed by the end of the week, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a statement on Tuesday.

    The statement was released after DPM Teo and Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, had lunch and met with police officers from the Special Operations Command (SOC) who responded to the incident on Sunday.

    DPM Teo, who is also Minister for Home Affairs, was visiting the SOC to express his appreciation to all Home Team officers for their good work, including full-time National Servicemen who had responded to Singapore's first rioting incident in decades.

    He said that to ensure things remain calm, the Government has introduced an alcohol ban in the Little India area this weekend and police has also increased their presence in foreign worker dormitories and places where foreign workers congregate so that life can go on as normally as possible and everyone has a feeling of security.

    "Second, we will form a Committee of Inquiry by the end of this week," said DPM Teo.

    "We will have names and the terms of reference ready and this will provide a more in-depth look into this incident and also review the current procedures we have for places where foreign workers congregate and see whether there are improvements that are needed. And third, investigations are continuing."

    The incident along Race Course Road on Sunday was apparently sparked by a fatal accident involving an Indian national who was killed after a private bus ran him over.

    The violence was contained by 11.30pm, after about 320 law enforcement officers were deployed to the scene. DPM Teo said that the incident is a reminder for Singaporeans and our Home Team officers, that as "we strive for peace and harmony, the country must always be ready for contingencies".


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    Default Little India Riot: Police thanks members of the public

    Little India Riot: Police thanks members of the public for photos and videos of incident


    Published on Dec 10, 2013




    The police on Tuesday thanked members of the public who responded to its appeal and contributed photos and videos relating to Sunday's riot in Little India. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN



    By Walter Sim

    The police on Tuesday thanked members of the public who responded to its appeal and contributed photos and videos relating to Sunday's riot in Little India.

    Videos and photos of the incident along Race Course Road had surfaced on the Internet, largely via social media, within minutes after first signs of violence broke.

    A total of 36 men, mostly from India, have been arrested in connection with the case.
    Twenty-four were charged in court earlier in the day for rioting, while four - including a Singapore Permanent Resident and two Bangladeshi nationals - were released after further investigations.

    The police also, in a separate statement on Tuesday, reiterated the reasons behind the tactical decisions that were made when responding to the riot.

    "When the situation escalated, the police's main objective was to contain the situation and minimise any injuries to all present, particularly innocent bystanders," said a spokesman, adding that the use of a non-violent containment approach is among the suite of tactics and operational strategies that the police adopts in the face of different challenges and threats.

    "The police is grateful for the concern and appreciation that many members of the public have expressed for officers involved in the containment operation. Many have asked if the Police could have used tougher measures and even deadly force on Sunday," added a spokesman. "The commanders on the ground on Sunday had decided that the appropriate strategy was containment and the officers carried out their duty and responsibility accordingly. Injuries were kept to a minimum and the situation was brought under control within two hours."

    Investigations into the fatal traffic accident that allegedly sparked the riot and the violence that followed are still ongoing, said the police. Members of the public who would like to submit any additional information are advised to do so via www.spf.gov.sg/iwitness and www.spf.gov.sg/CrimeStopper.


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    Default Little India Riot: Eight more riot suspects held, 24 workers charged

    3,700 workers from 10 dormitories interviewed; investigations in full swing



    Published on Dec 11, 2013



    Arrested riot suspects arriving at the courts yesterday. The Indian nationals holding work permits did not bear visible injuries, except for one, whose head was bandaged. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


    By Lim Yan Liang

    Eight more suspects were arrested early yesterday morning for their alleged involvement in Sunday's mayhem in Little India, on the same day that 24 other foreign workers were charged in court.

    The suspects and those charged are Indian nationals. Those produced in court are work permit holders aged between 22 and 40. Dressed in identical bright red polo tees, they did not bear visible injuries except for one, whose head was bandaged.

    The Straits Times understands that the red shirts are standard attire for persons-in-custody. The alleged rioters were silent and had their hands behind their backs as charges were read to them in Tamil.

    Although their court appearance had been scheduled for the morning, proceedings were delayed till afternoon for the Indian High Commission to provide legal assistance to the suspects.

    After charges were read to the men in two batches, lawyer Amarick Gill told the court on behalf of the Law Society that the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) was available to the suspects. He added that the CLAS office was working with the Indian High Commission "on securing a number of lawyers to provide legal representation to all accused persons".

    At a briefing for the media yesterday, the police said investigations were in full swing, with 3,700 foreign workers from 10 dormitories across the island interviewed so far. Of these, 176 had their statements taken at the Criminal Investigation Department, including those who were subsequently arrested.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is in South Korea for an official visit, posted on his Facebook page yesterday: "Keeping track of follow up to the Little India riot. It is in good hands."

    Giving his update, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said details of the Commission of Inquiry ordered by the PM into the unrest would be ready by the weekend.

    In a statement on the Indian nationals who were charged, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would work closely with the Indian High Commission to ensure consular and legal access to the 24 men, who will be remanded at the Police Cantonment Complex for a week while further investigations take place.

    Four others originally arrested - two Bangladeshi nationals, an Indian and a Singapore permanent resident who is Malaysian - were released yesterday after police determined via photos and videos from the public that they were not involved in the riot.

    Following yesterday's court proceedings, the CLAS lawyer, Mr Gill, had a brief stand-off with social activist Vincent Wijeysingha.

    Outside the courthouse, Mr Wijeysingha asked him whether there was a "nefarious plot" by the Law Society to prevent activist lawyers like Mr M. Ravi from representing the alleged rioters.

    Brushing him off by saying it was an unfair question, Mr Gill said: "We don't know... anything is possible."

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    Default Wushu gets S’pore’s first gold



    Vera Tan (pink) and her coach Valerie Wee during the duilian event yesterday. They won gold. Photo: Singapore Sports Council


    Coach and student combine to clinch duilian crown by 0.1 points

    By Low Lin Fhoong
    8 hours 46 min ago

    NAYPYIDAW — When she met the then-11-year-old Vera Tan for the first time at the Sino Wushu Training Centre in 2009, little would Valerie Wee have imagined that she would eventually share the podium with her four years later.

    But Vera’s eleventh-hour qualification at the World Combat Games in October saw both wushu coach and student combining yesterday in the women’s duilian (barehand) event to give Singapore’s first official gold medal at the South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.

    Both had finished a disappointing fifth and sixth respectively in their pet event, the women’s individual taijiquan and taijijian, on Sunday, and were keen to make their last event count.

    They eventually finished their energy-packed routine at Naypyidaw’s Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium with a score of 9.63, 0.1 points ahead of silver medallists Aint Mi Mi and Sandy Oo of Myanmar (9.53). Indonesia’s Thalia Lovita Sosrodjojo and Natalie Chriselda Tanasa claimed the bronze (9.50).

    With the men’s water polo team’s 25th consecutive gold only confirmed officially after their final game against Myanmar yesterday, the wushu duo were delighted to kick off Singapore’s gold medal charge in Naypyidaw.

    “It was very rushed for us (due to the late qualification) and we had to double our training sessions to twice a day, said Wee, 24, who won a bronze in the taijiquan and taijijian at the 2011 Games in Indonesia.

    “I was her coach when she started day one of wushu at the club ... I was so happy and excited to compete and win Singapore’s first gold with Vera. I usually give her prep talks and tell her this is her time to shine, but this time I had to tell myself the same thing too.”

    Dunman High School student Vera, now 15, added: “It was a unique experience as it’s not often that you get to compete with your coach.”

    The final day of wushu action at Wunnu Theikdi Indoor Stadium saw Lee Tze Yuan winning a bronze in the men’s taijiquan and taijijian, while the women’s duilian (weapons) trio of Emily Sin, Fung Hui Xin and Zoe Mui claimed the silver.

    The 10-member wushu contingent eventually finished their SEA Games outing with one gold, two silver and two bronze to eclipse their 2011 medal tally of 1-0-2.

    Meanwhile, Singapore won a bronze in sepak takraw yesterday when the team of Farhan Aman, Hassan Aziz, Magrib Ibrahim, Nurirwan Mazlan, Haffiz Ramli and Afif Saiee finished joint-third with Brunei in the men’s hoop final.

    Thailand beat hosts Myanmar to claim the gold.

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    Default Wushu women capture Singapore’s first SEA Games gold



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    Republic’s men’s waterpolo team will also secure a gold medal if they beat Myanmar today


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    NAYPYIDAW — Singapore’s women wushu exponents have beaten the national men’s waterpolo team in the race to win Team Singapore’s official first gold at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

    Valerie Wee and Vera Tan finished top in the three-team women’s duilian (barehand) at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium this morning (Dec 10) after scoring 9.63 points. They beat hosts Myanmar and Indonesia who finished second and third respectively.

    Although the men’s waterpolo team are practically assured of their 25th consecutive SEA Games title after recording three straight wins in the five-nation tournament, they still have to beat hosts Myanmar later today to confirm the gold.

    Apart from the women’s duilian (barehand) gold, Singapore also won a silver in the women’s duilian (weapons) through Emily Sin, Zoe Mui and Hui Xin Fung while taijijian exponent Lee Tze Yuan bagged a bronze.

    Singapore have now won a total of one gold, two silvers and two bronzes in wushu in Myanmar.

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    Default Water polo aims high after SEA Games gold No.25

    27th SEA Games . Myanmar 2013 . Dec 11-22

    Published on Dec 11, 2013



    It's all hunky glory for the Singapore water polo team with their gold medals at the Zayar Thiri Swimming Pool yesterday. The next target is fourth place at next September's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    By Chan U-gene In Naypyidaw

    The traditional water-dunking celebrations were on display at the Zayar Thiri Swimming Pool yesterday, as Singapore's men's water polo team put their 25th successive SEA Games gold safely in the bag after a 21-13 win over hosts Myanmar.

    But what gave team officials more cause for cheer was that this team have proven in their Naypyidaw campaign that they are no longer a one-dimensional outfit.

    As all their opponents focused on nullifying Singapore's famed offence - the powerful centre-forward duo of Eugene Teo and Lin Diyang - the defensive players and young debutants stepped up to win the crown for the team.

    With more balance this year, the team will now be aiming for their next objective: To establish supremacy over the second tier of Asian water polo nations - starting with a fourth-placed finish at next year's Asian Games.


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    Default SEA Games: Singapore finally get first win in football, defeat Vietnam 1-0

    Published on Dec 10, 2013



    Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi (#3) celebrates after scoring a goal in the men's football competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Zeyar Thiri Stadium, Myanmar, on Dec 10 2013. Singapore won the match 1-0. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Fabius Chen

    Singapore's Under-23 footballers picked up their first victory of the 2013 SEA Games by defeating Vietnam 1-0 at Naypyidaw's Zayyarthiri Stadium on Tuesday evening.

    Striker Sahil Suhaimi scored the only goal of the match on the stroke of half-time, when his shot was deflected past his own goalkeeper by Vietnam centre-back Pham Manh Hung.

    Despite a second-half onslaught by the Vietnamese, Aide Iskandar's Young Lions held on for a win which sent them top of Group A with four points from their opening two matches.

    They will next be in action on Friday, against a Brunei side who lost 0-7 to Vietnam on Sunday and 0-2 to defending champions Malaysia on Tuesday.

    The Young Lions had drawn their first match 1-1 with Laos.

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    Default 2-day ban on alcohol sale in Little India

    3 more men charged with rioting as police step up security in area



    Published on Dec 12, 2013
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    By Lim Yan Liang

    There will be no sale of alcohol in Little India this Saturday and Sunday, the authorities confirmed yesterday, as three more men were charged over Sunday night's riot there.

    The blanket ban will apply not only to liquor stores but all establishments, from upscale restaurants and bars to more humble convenience stores and hostels.

    Any business that flouts the order risks having its licence revoked, said the Liquors Licensing Board.

    The announcement comes as the police move to beef up security in the area ahead of the weekend by installing more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.




    The three Indian nationals who were charged with rioting yesterday being taken to court. They were alleged to have smashed the windscreen and window of the private bus that had run over the man who died. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG



    Employers have also started warning their workers to stay away from the area temporarily.

    The alcohol ban extends from 6am on Saturday to 5.59am on Monday - a change from an earlier circular sent out that said the ban would be effective for three days, starting tomorrow.

    While jittery Little India residents voiced support for the alcohol ban, businesses were quick to express unhappiness.

    "A blanket ban is ridiculous. The authorities should consider what kind of business we are and the customers we attract," said Ms Petrina Loh, chef-owner of Morsels, a restaurant in Mayo Street with a mainly expatriate and local clientele.

    The action comes in the wake of Sunday's riot that saw police cars overturned and set ablaze by a mob of 400 angered by a traffic accident, which left a 33-year- old Indian national dead.

    Yesterday, three more men were charged with rioting, with more details emerging about their involvement on Sunday.

    Rajendran Ranjan, 22, Moorthy Kabildev, 24, and Sathiyamoorthy Sivaraman, 26, were alleged to have used a metal drain cover, a dustbin and a wooden stick, among other things, to smash the windscreen and window of the private bus that had run over the man who died.

    This brings the total number charged to 27 Indian nationals. Eight others were arrested but released after police established that they were not involved. One man has been released on bail.

    Meanwhile, employers began advising workers to avoid trouble this weekend by returning to dormitories earlier or giving Little India a miss altogether.

    Many workers told The Straits Times they planned to avoid the place at least for the time being.

    Police had said on Tuesday that investigations into the riot were ongoing, with some 3,700 foreign workers interviewed at more than 10 dormitories across the island.

    Of these, at least 176 have had their statements taken at the Criminal Investigation Department.

    Since Tuesday, police have also started installing 26 more CCTV cameras in the vicinity of Race Course Road and Buffalo Road.


    Law Minister K. Shanmugam told about 40 Indian national workers at a dialogue yesterday night that the incident has affected Singapore deeply.

    But he assured them that foreign workers who abide by Singapore's laws have no reason to be worried about their jobs, and that Singapore remains steadfast in its commitment to treating them well.

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    Riot in Little India on Dec 8 2013. Photo by Ooi Boon Keong

    Published: 12 December, 4:05 AM


    SINGAPORE — Indian news channel Sun TV has apologised for an erroneous report on the Little India riot on Sunday and broadcast the “correct” version, following complaints.

    The Tamil-language report was carried in the channel’s 7pm prime time bulletin on Tuesday, which is broadcast in Singapore at 9.30pm, said Mr R Umashankar, Editor In Charge of Sun TV’s News Section, in a letter sent to Mr Roy Kho, Singapore’s Consul-General in Chennai. A copy of the letter was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) yesterday.

    The first report on the riot, aired on Monday, had created a stir among Singaporeans who saw the broadcast. Sun TV’s report had said Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu — the victim of the fatal accident that preceded the riot — had been pushed out of the private bus by the driver and that Singaporeans and Chinese had attacked Indian national Tamils, leading them to hide in their homes for fear of further attacks and harassment by the police.

    This prompted a sharp response from the MFA the next day, with Singapore’s High Commissioner to India sending a letter to Sun TV network, saying it has reported three “entirely false” points, which was “irresponsible and brings to question its journalistic integrity”. He refuted the points made and asked for an immediate correction online and on air.

    In his letter yesterday, Mr Umashankar said: “As Editor In Charge of the News Section of Sun TV, I take up the responsibility for the incorrect news and I sincerely apologise for what has happened.

    “I would like to put it on record that there was absolutely no intention on our part to do anything that will spoil the centuries-old cordial and friendly relationship among various communities living in Singapore.”

    He also added that the second report was given the “same prominence and duration” as the first report.

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