Liquor crimes lead to stricter laws

In Parliament yesterday, Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran provided statistics on the trend of crime associated with alcohol to explain why stricter liquor laws are needed.

Over the last three years, there was an average of 530 cases of persons found to be drunk and incapable in public places.

Last year, there was an average of one rioting incident and two cases of serious hurt each week that was related to alcohol consumption.

Nine out of 10 of such incidents occur after 10.30pm.

A fifth of all rioting cases islandwide occur in Little India and Geylang, which are Liquor Control Zones, and almost half of serious incidents in Geylang and Little India are linked to liquor consumption, which is about twice the national average.