Social media took to the reins on the night of December 8 as the country watched on – witnessing minute-by-minute updates of the riot unfold.
Stallholder Kelly Lim is no exception.
The 42-year-old Singaporean Citizen was just about to turn in for the day when her eldest daughter brought to her attention a series of point-of-view clips that were now capturing the attention of a nation.
“I remember going blank,” she says, with a glaring stare of disbelief.
“I couldn’t believe that this was Singapore.”
In horror, she scampered for her handphone and dialled for her mother – 86-year-old Mdm Lim whose residence lies a stone’s throw away from Race Course Road.
The sprightly mother of four daughters only got her breath back when she found out that her mother was safe.
Little did Kelly realise that she herself was to play witness to post-riot scenes a few hours later at about four in the morning. By then, close to 20 people were clearing up the area.
Authorities were already midway through clearing up the remains of the riot when she arrived.
Incidentally, the day that followed the riots coincided with a quarterly scheduled market cleaning day.
She had arrived early to pack away her things when a roadblock stopped her.
From her vantage point at the foot of Race Course and Bukit Timah Road, she watched on, eyes fixated on the scenes before her.
“I remember seeing the burnt vehicles. They were piles of nothingness.”