IGP: Police to monitor Thaipusam chariot journey to Batu Caves and back

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will be monitoring the movement of the Thaipusam chariot to Batu Caves and back to ensure compliance to the standard operating procedure (SOP), says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The Inspector-General of Police said police were aware of the government’s decision to allow the chariot to journey from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Jalan Tun H. S. Lee to the Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple at Batu Caves.

"The journey does not include a public procession or observers along the designated route.

"The chariot will be allowed to move to Batu Caves on Jan 27 between 3am and 6am and will return to Kuala Lumpur on Jan 29," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 26).

He said those allowed to be involved must strictly follow the SOP in place.

"Only 10 people are allowed to escort the chariot which consists of five temple committee members and five personnel members.

"The chariot will not be allowed to make any stops along its route and no drumming or playing of any musical instruments will be allowed.

"No stalls will be allowed to open along the route between Jalan Tun H. S. Lee and Batu Caves except for those that have permits from the local authorities," he said.

Hamid advised the public to comply with the SOP to avoid any inconveniences or legal action.

"The police will be on hand to monitor the situation and will take stern action on any violators," he said.

Earlier, the National Security Council (NSC) had given the nod for the Thaipusam chariot to be moved from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam in Jalan Tun HS Lee to the Batu Caves temple on Jan 27.

In a tweet on Saturday (Jan 23), Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said approval had also been given for the chariot to return on Jan 29, a day after Thaipusam.

He also said that DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) personnel would be monitoring to ensure compliance as usual.

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam management had proposed for the chariot to continue with its customary journey but without the usual procession and for the non-stop journey back after the celebration.

Those looking forward to watch the Thaipusam chariot trip can do it from the comfort of their own homes as the journey will be telecast live on We Love Batu Caves Facebook page

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