Name: Zhu Yiqing
Date: 1 February 2014
Subject:Little India Riot
How have you been studying in New Zealand ? Is it beautiful ? Are you feeling stressful in study? We missed you so much. Father and mother were talking about you all the time, worrying about your conditions. They urged me to contact with you.haha.
Have you read the newspaper recently ? Alright, as I know that you don’t have the habit of reading news, let me tell you something that is quite serious. The issue was closely related to the relationship between Singapore and India, and it was very likely to have a bad affect on it as well.
Please don’t be too shocked when you hear it. An Indian national was run over by a private bus! It was horrific, right? This fatal accident occurred at a junction in Little India. Things went worse as it caused angry mobs of passersby to attack the bus involved and emergency vehicles that had by then arrived at the location. They set the bus on fire even more. About 300 Indian nationals were involved in the riot which lasted for hours . This was the second riot in post-independence Singapore. However, it is a good reminder to Singaporeans that even in a stable society, such an incident can happen.
Somehow, I can understand why they would behaved like this. Because they were patriotic and have the desire of others’ respect for their race. I think the Indian migrants were more sensitive about this because they were living in a foreign country. However, the way they expressed it was wrong and too violent. And they had also misunderstood the others, behaving like this without knowing the details thorough the whole accident.
How the India’s TV station, Sun TV reported this incident had really offended the Singaporeans. They were not telling the truth but simply comments depends on what they thought the fact would be. They said that the foreign workers were attacked by Chinese Singaporeans and that the person who died in the accident was pushed off from the bus by a female bus driver. What do you think? Does it make sense? Why would a female bus driver push a passenger out? She would be imprisoned by doing this as Singapore is one of the countries with most strict laws. The truth was the male was drunk and the bus was full but he climbed on and started causing trouble. Then they asked him to alight. After alighting from the bus, he kept chasing after the bus in an unsteady manner. He then stumbled , tripped and fell onto the path of the rear tyre of the bus and was run over.
Oh! My god! I cannot carry on further as I still have a lot of homework haven’t done and it is almost nine o’clock! I love to chat with you and exchange out thoughts. It is really fun and helps me improve a lot in thinking in a more mature way. Looking forward your response.
4 Feb 2014