Really? I find the claim made by PM Lee and echoed by the three (so far) MPs, rather premature, but true to form and hardly surprising, to put in mildly.
PM Lee and the three govt MPs must have access to information that no one else has at this point. Otherwise, how could they pronounce in a jiffy with any certainty that it is an isolated incident, implying that it is unlikely, if not impossible, to ever recur? A once in 40 years street riot is still one too many. Earlier, one of his cabinet colleagues had imprudently predicted in reference to the flood as a ‘once in 50 years occurence’ but which has since become an almost regular feature whenever there is a deluge from the heavens. But I suppose it is possible, even if it is going to be heavily taxing on members of the civil service concerned, esp. the officers on the front line, to control human beings, in this case the hundred of thousands of foreign workers in our midst, as compared to telling the heavens NOT to rain on his parade.
It would seem that they, particularly PM Lee who led from the front in making this claim, have already decided and already made up their minds that the riot is an ‘isolated incident’ when the police is still investigating (and has promised to make more arrests in the days following the riot) and notably, LHL himself has just ordered a committee of inquiry to find out the reasons and causes for the riot, and presumably come up with recommendations for the govt to consider. Incidentally, if I am not mistaken, I believe the govt has yet to name the members for the Committee of Inquiry.
In his facebook page, MOM minister Tan Chuan Jin has repeatedly asked Singaporeans, in particular directing it to the opposition parties, I would assume, not to politicized or speculate about the reasons and causes for the incident. IMO, he should direct this piece of good advice to his cabinet colleague, the PM himself, and the three MPs.
It is apparent that by committing himself from his very first statement on the riot that the incident is an ‘isolated’ one, PM Lee has already signaled to the yet to be appointed Committee of Inquiry, the sort of findings he wants to hear. And it is as clear as the sun will rise, that his govt simply cannot and would not countenance any findings and conclusions that would in any way, however slight, implicate his govt’s policy of opening the immigration floodgates to foreigners, that has led to all the concomitant general economic and social malaise very many Singaporeans and Singapore society are currently plagued with, and yes, including the riot in Little India on 8 Dec 2013, as well.
It remains to be seen how imaginative and creative the COI, the police, MOM and other agencies involved, will be, in order to align their findings and conclusions to be in accord with PM Lee’s signal.The one who pays the piper calls the tune, as the saying goes.