IPOH: More than 25,000 Hindu devotees and tourists visited the Sri Subramaniar Temple at Gunung Cheroh on Thaipusam day, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri.
The Perak police chief said they expected about 85,000 people to visit the temple during the three-day Thaipusam celebration from Saturday (Feb 4) to Monday (Feb 6).
“To ensure smooth traffic during the three days, a total of 500 police officers and personnel have been stationed at several temples and roads," he said.
“So far, no crimes have been reported and we are thankful that the public have adhered to all the rules and regulations,” added Comm Mohd Yusri after visiting the temple on Sunday (Feb 5).
Comm Mohd Yusri added that the police had also set up a booth in front of the temple that also provides food and drinks.
“The booth is run by our officers and personnel. We set it up on Saturday and distributed over 3,500 food packs and 5,000 drinks to devotees and visitors who came to the temple,” he added.
On Friday (Feb 3), Sri Subramaniar Chairman M. Vivekanda said over 40,000 Hindu devotees and foreign tourists are expected to visit the temple for Thaipusam.