Thaipusam: Devotees not allowed to accompany chariot throughout its journey to Batu Caves and back, says ministry

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021

PUTRAJAYA: Strict standard operating procedures have been developed for the movement of the chariot carrying the statue of Lord Muruga in conjunction with Thaipusam, says the National Unity Ministry.

Among others, the SOP spells out the movement of the chariot is to start at 3am on Jan 27 (Wednesday) and is to return to its original temple namely the Sri Maha Mariamman temple at 3am on Jan 29.

“Devotees are not to follow or accompany the movement of the chariot throughout its journey to Batu Caves and back.

“The chariot is also not to make stops at any location throughout its journey to Batu Caves and back, ” said the ministry in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 26).

It also said that the temple management is to coordinate with the Police and City Hall on traffic control and other safety aspects.

“The National Unity Ministry will monitor the movement of the chariot according to its powers as stated under Act 342, to ensure that all SOPs are adhered to, ” it said.

The National Security Council special meeting on Jan 18, had decided that Thaipusam celebrations for this year will not be allowed to be held at any temples.

Following this decision, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple management had made a special application to bring the chariot to the Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves and back.

The NSC had approved the application and stipulated SOPs that need to be followed by those involved.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Crowd thrilled by Thaipusam chariot-lion dance procession in KL
Hajiji is now Gagasan Rakyat chief
Penang cops arrest two alleged triad members for extorting trader
US Ambassador wishes Happy Thaipusam to Malaysians
Alleged smuggler nabbed after high-speed chase in Tawau
Telcos can offer lower rates under Broadband Unity Package, says Minister
Gov't to intensify efforts to unite people, says Mohd Na'im
Cops issue 17 summonses, seize three bikes during traffic ops in Ampang
Thaipusam excitement a reflection of Malaysia Madani, says Ahmad Zahid
Seven nabbed for tossing liquor bottles from apartment balcony onto expressway

Others Also Read