Irene Yeo’s memories of the riot are as vivid as the shop that houses her and her extensive assortment of antique liquor bottles .
Having been in the collectible liquor industry for over four decades now, the 42-year-old Singaporean Citizen has had her share of drunk customers over the years.
But they generally mean no harm other than to have a good time on weekends, she adds animatedly.
Deeply saddened by the incident, she firmly believes that alcohol was not the main factor, and that it was definitely not a race issue. “Any one of any race would have reacted the same way if their fellow countrymen was in a similar situation,” she said, referring to the fatal accident that culminated in the riot outbreak.
“The accident happened at the wrong place, at the wrong time.”
Settled in the rustic enclave of Belilios Lane, business on a Sunday evening was taking place as usual when the riot began.
“But I’m very sure this is the last time this happens in Singapore, the government will make sure of that.”