THE Malaysia Hindu Sangam and the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) have urged the Hindu community to follow all the guidelines to ensure a crime-free Thaipusam festival next week.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam’s Penang state council chairman G. Shanmuganathan said they had printed 15,000 copies of a set of guidelines this year to educate devotees on the correct rituals.
“The guidelines consist of information on the types of kavadi allowed to be carried and the attire,” he said in a joint press conference with the MCPF at the Hindu Sangam office in Butterworth on Tuesday.
Also present were MCPF national executive council member Datuk K.R. Pulayantran and its state executive council member Mej (K) M. Kaleessvaran.
Pulayantran hoped that with the public’s co-operation, the festival would end without any incident like last year.
“We’ll work closely with the police to ensure a smooth celebration,” he added.
Pulayantran reminded devotees that Thaipusam was a festival of faith, penance and repentance, and as such, it should not be treated as a carnival.
He also advised women not to wear too much jewellery and to take care of their belongings to avoid any untoward incident.
“I urge devotees to abstain from alcohol, and to dress in traditional Hindu costumes.
“Parents should also ensure that their children wear name tags with their phone numbers, so that if they get lost in the crowd, it’s easier to contact their families.”