Geylang more of a worry than Little India
VICE: Streetwalkers in the Geylang area. TNP FILE PHOTO
Geylang's vice activities were thrown into the spotlight during the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Little India Riot in December 2013.
In March, Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee told the committee that compared to Little India, Geylang posed "a clear and present danger to public order".
"Today, despite the riot in Little India, I worry more for Geylang than about Serangoon Road," Mr Ng told the COI.
In 2013, there were 49 cases of rioting, assault and affray in Geylang, a red-light district, while Little India had 25.
What led to the Little India riot was the "emotional outburst" following the death of an Indian worker. The man was run over by a private bus after he tripped while chasing after it.
"Most worrying about Geylang is that there is an overt hostility and antagonism towards the police," Mr Ng added.
What the police commissioner had told the COI appeared true when The New Paper on Sunday (TNPS) visited Geylang a few nights later.
There were pockets of streetwalkers, sellers of contraband cigarettes and peddlers of cough syrup in the vicinity.
The police told TNPS then that they will be deploying more fast-response cars for incidents in the lanes while two dozen officers will patrol the streets. A community policing system is also expected to be implemented.
In two years' time, each lorong will have police surveillance cameras and better lighting conditions.
Roughly 200 closed-circuit television cameras will be installed in Geylang.