|Singaporeans told to shun racist remarks on rioting, accident victim identified as Indian builder
A Singapore government minister has appealed for Singaporeans to stay away from inflammatory comments on the rioting in the Indian enclave last night.
The massive riot has triggered online attacks on foreign workers in Singapore.
(Pictured, image made available by The New Paper shows a South Asian being led away by Singapore police).
The Straits Times and Asian News Network reported that a 33-year-old Indian who died in the bus accident that triggered the rioting has been identified as Sakthivel Kumaravelu. He is a construction worker with Heng Hup Soon.
Singapore’s acting minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong called on the public to keep xenophobia and racial remarks out of the conversation, local media reports said.
State-linked broadcaster Channel News Asia said Wong made the appeal in a post on his Facebook page today.
Wong, who is also Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, said: “We have sacrificed much to achieve peace and harmony in Singapore, and must never allow this to be compromised or taken for granted."
President Tony Tan Keng Yam also told Singaporeans not to let the riot undermine their confidence in society. Instead, he said, the people should redouble their commitment to keep Singapore safe, peaceful and strong, CAN reported.
In a Facebook posting also said: “People were injured, including those who acted in the line of duty.’’