Increasing police power, imposing strict limits on alcohol consumption, and reconsidering current policies on "low-skilled migrant workers." WSJ:
Singapore’s government proposed to temporarily boost police powers in the city-state’s ethnic Indian district where foreign workers staged a riot last month in the worst outburst of public violence here in over 40 years.
Under a bill introduced in Parliament on Monday, police would receive “powers to continue to take calibrated measures to maintain public order and calm in Little India post-riot,” Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean told lawmakers.
The Dec. 8 riot, involving hundreds of South Asian workers angered by a fatal road accident, stirred public debate over Singapore’s reliance on and treatment of low-skilled migrant workers, and has prompted authorities to stiffen policing in Little India and impose curbs on alcohol sales and consumption there.
Singapore depends on the labor of workers from South Asia.