'Premature' to pin Little India riot on labour tensions, says Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin

South China Morning Post, 16 Dec 2013

Singapore, unsettled by its first riot in more than four decades that involved 400 foreign workers, will continue to tighten the influx of overseas labourers, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin.
Asked whether poor living conditions contributed to the riot and if the government would step up measures to ensure foreign workers’ well-being and safety after the incident, he said “it’s premature to conclude that actually it’s because of all these other deep-seated reasons and therefore the riot happened”.
A survey conducted in 2011 by the government among work-permit holders showed 90 per cent were “relatively happy” to be in Singapore, 80 per cent wanted to stay and about 70 per cent were happy to recommend their friends and family to come to Singapore, Tan said. Full story
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