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KL’s Thaipusam Procession Allowed To Proceed In Compliance With SOPs

KL’s Thaipusam Procession Allowed To Proceed In Compliance With SOPs

The procession is also not allowed to play any form of music.

Tasneem Nazari

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The traditional chariot procession bearing the statue of Lord Murugan that is held every year in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Thaipusam celebrations will be allowed this year, too.

According to news reports, the National Security Council (NSC) has approved for the processions to proceed in Kuala Lumpur during next week’s celebrations in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the chariot procession from the Jalan Bandar temple to Batu Caves will take place on 27 January and return on 29 January.

Only 10 people will be allowed to accompany the procession, the chariot will not be allowed to make any stops and no music is allowed.

Meanwhile, earlier this week (20 Jan), Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor announced that due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), Thaipusam celebrations in Kedah will be cancelled and there will be no public holiday to commemorate the festival either.

Thaipusam is a festival observed by the Tamil Hindu community when the full moon occurs in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’, which tends to fall sometime in January or February.

READ MORE: How One Man’s Dream Made Batu Caves The Heart Of Malaysia’s Thaipusam Celebrations


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