THE Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) has given a supporting statement to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), allowing the funfair to be held in Batu Caves during Thaipusam.
The operator, Green City Amusement Fair Enterprise, has also received “no-objection” letters from the Fire and Rescue Department and the police.
MPS licensing director Affendei Samingan confirmed he had received the letter from DOSH yesterday and had informed MPS president Suliman Abd Rahman.
Earlier, Suliman said the operator would only get the nod once he received all the relevant supporting documents.
At a press conference yesterday, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah said devotees had requested for a funfair and cultural show.
“If they (the devotees) were not in favour of a funfair, we would not have it.
“It has been a tradition for the funfair to be held in Batu Caves since 1968.
“If there is no funfair, there is no Thaipusam in Batu Caves,” he said, adding the funfair would keep devotees occupied, especially at night when there are not many activities going on.
“Thaipusam is a religious festival and entertainment is a must for more people to visit Batu Caves during this time,’’ he said.
In 2011, MPS did not issue or renew any permit for a funfair in Batu Caves following the Selangor government’s directive barring entertainment and gaming activities in places of worship.
However, the funfair operator went ahead and a summon was issued under Section 27 of the Local Government Act 1976 for operating the funfair without a licence.
The funfair was held in 2012 and 2013 but not in 2014.
Last year, DOSH gave the green light for the funfair four days before Thaipusam.