Kuala Lumpur- “Donald Trump has vacated the White House but Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has adopted Trumpism,” said Senator Dato Sri S. Vell Paari.
“First of all let us get the facts right. Thaipusam and kavadi can never be cancelled and will continue to be observed.”
“Thaipusam comes in the Tamil month of Thai, when the star Pusam rises with the moon hence Thaipusam. But due to the pandemic, the SOP restricts mass gatherings, not only for Thaipusam but also other festivals during the MCO,” he added.
“However, Hindus can still observe Thaipusam from their respective homes.”
“On Jan 14, Malaysian Indians celebrated Pongal (harvest festival). Since this took place during the MCO, celebrations and prayers were done at home instead of thronging temples,” he stressed.
“Hindus carry the kavadi to fulfill a vow. Certain things must be observed before one carries the kavadi, for example, fasting. But due to the pandemic SOP, there will be no kavadi processions or mass gatherings.”
Vell Paari stressed that nothing stops one from observing Thaipusam at home. It would be difficult to observe fasting and do Thaipusam rituals if there is no public holiday.
“Hindus have been observing Thaipusam for thousands of years and will continue for thousands to come. It is not something we got by default, like your MB post. Thaipusam is permanent. Your MB post is not,” he slammed.
He also added that both the Prime Minister and Director General of Health have advised all of us to remain at home as the pandemic rages. The SOP for the MCO is in place.
“So why do you need to cancel the public holiday?”
“The simple point is, Sanusi is upset with the criticism he received on the demolition of a Hindu temple. So what better way to settle the score,” he added.
“This is nothing but a classic example of bigotry.”