Singapore will stick to labour policy after riot
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. Discontent over the number of foreign workers, who make up about a third of the workforce, has risen after years of open immigration and led to the worst election result for the ruling party since independence. The riot that broke out on the night of 8 December in the city’s Little India district after a bus ran over and killed an Indian national has reignited the debate about Singapore’s dependence on overseas manpower.
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