Celebrate Thaipusam at home this year, advises Selangor Sultan


PETALING JAYA: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has advised those celebrating Thaipusam this year to observe it at home on a moderate scale.

In a greeting to those celebrating the occasion together with Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Sultan Sharafuddin said that with it being a tradition for a long time, Thaipusam had been declared a public holiday in Selangor.

Sultan Sharafudin also hoped those chosen to accompany the chariot carrying the statue of Lord Murugan to Batu Caves would adhere to the tight standard operating procedures set by the National Security Council (NSC).

“Looking at the latest statistics in Selangor over the past two months with a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and the number of deaths has increased drastically, His Majesty advises the public to strictly adhere to the guidelines set by the authorities.

“Nevertheless, the two monarchs still hope that the Thaipusam celebration this time will be celebrated in a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere, ” Istana Shah Alam said in a statement that was posted on Facebook on Wednesday (Jan 27).

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 Wednesday.

However, 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.

Those looking forward to watching 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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