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Was Silver Chariot Movement Legal Or Illegal? What Police, Government Say

Kuala Lumpur: A big controversy has erupted after Penang’s Nattukottai Chettier Temple carried out the annual Silver Chariot Movement on the occasion of Thaipusam. The procession was carried out despite coronavirus-induced movement control order. A number of people, including many Hindus, have raised objections on the “celebration” taking place at a time when there’s a complete ban on such activities. While some have suggested that such an important event must not be ignored and carried out with necessary restrictions in place.

What the government and police have said?

Government

Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy has slammed the temple authorities and said that there was nothing in black and white from the National Security Council (NSC). Mr Ramasamy said that the government is going to take stern action against the temple authorities for carrying out the procession. He also criticised the federal minister, M. Saravanan, who had pitched for granting the permission for the chariot.

Police

The Penang police has come up with a strictly contradictory account, saying that the temple authorities had the permission from the National Security Council (NSC). The police has also said that they monitored the 11-hour long movement and all SOPs were duly followed.

So, what will happen now?

Apparently, if the temple had the written approval and the police has said that they followed SOPs, no action can be taken against them. Any such activity from the government will face a potential challenge in the court of law.

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Thaipusam Festival: These Roads Close In Gombak

Kuala Lumpur: Gombak police chief ACP Arifai Tarawe said the roads in the district will be closed until 29 January due to the Thaipusam procession.

In a statement, he said the routes involves the slip road to Batu Caves Temples, the slip road from MRR2 to Jalan Perusahaan Batu Caves, Junction of Jalan Perusahaan to Batu Caves roundabout and the road to the main bathing spot in Sungai Batu Caves will be closed.

The decision was made after the National Security Council (MKN) approved the procession of the chariot carrying the statue of Lord Murugan from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Tun HS Lee to Seri Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves.

He urged people not to show-up there as prayers at temples are not allowed in order to Covid-19 crisis. While, all the parties are advised to comply with standard operating procedures.

He further added that police would not hesitate to take necessary action against the SOPs violators.

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Penang May Cancel Thaipusam’s Chariot Procession Amid Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur: Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) chairman Prof Dr P Ramasamy has said that the state government is most likely to cancel the famous dual chariot procession, bearing the statue of Lord Murugan, during Thaipusam next year due to Covid-19 concern.

He said the committee will have a series of meetings to discuss this year’s Thaipusam event.

He said that they do not want the festival to trigger a new cluster, as once the chariot procession starts, it would be difficult for the department to handle the crowd. Adding that people’s safety is the priority.

However, he said nothing has been decided yet, while they will have a series of meetings to take very responsible consideration and careful decision in the interest of the larger public.

What is Thaipusam?

Thaipusam is a festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month of ‘Thai’. Thousands of devotees follow the 100-year-old silver chariot and the recent golden chariot. Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple chairman Datuk R. Subramaniam said that he is hopeful devotees will understand that they cannot celebrate Thaipusam as they used to every year.

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