The Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) has released a statement on the rioting in Little India. The statement is as follows:
The rioting in Little India on 8th Dec 2013 is a serious matter. Whether locals or migrants, the Church does not condone anyone taking the law into their own hands.
According to our Catholic social teachings, an individual’s rights must always be placed in the context of solidarity and concern for the well-being of the wider community.
It is however too premature for us to comment on the incident, as the details are still not known, but we are pleased to note that the Prime Minister has convened a committee to look into the root causes of the riot as well as possible pre-emptive measures.
Meanwhile, we pray for calm on the part of all affected parties, Singaporeans and foreigners alike, and that we not fall prey to xenophobia and racism. We also urge all who come to seek a living in Singapore to respect the laws of the land at all times, so that we can all enjoy a peaceful co-existence.