Thaipusam: No petty traders allowed to operate around Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves

NO petty traders will be allowed to operate around the Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival this year.

The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) said that temporary permits had not been issued for stalls to sell food and drinks, unlike previous years.

“This decision was made based on the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the government.

“MPS will carry out monitoring to ensure compliance and action can be taken against those who contravene the SOP,” the council’s corporate communications director Mohamad Zin Masoad said in a statement.

On maintaining the cleanliness of the vicinity of the temple, he said that MPS had placed 26 rubbish bins and seven roll-on/roll-off bins at several locations.

On Wednesday (Jan 12), National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique announced that the carrying of the “paal koodam” (milk offerings), prayers and chariot procession would be allowed but without the kavadi for the Thaipusam celebration this time.

The SOP set for the Sri Subramaniam temple includes the number of visitors not exceeding 6,000 each day, a limit of 100 persons for the “paal koodam” and 30 minutes for each prayer session followed by sanitation at the temple site.

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