By: ASK Thevar| Saturday, January 2, 2021
Kuala Lumpur – Hindus in Malaysia currently face a deep dilemma question – should the forthcoming Thaipusam festival be held as scheduled on January 28, 2021.
The country’s main Thaipusam organiser, the Mahamariamman Devasthanam Kuala Lumpur ‘s chairman, Tan Sri R. Nadarajah has announced that Thaipusam 2021 would be organised at Batu Caves Subramaniam Temple with strict SOP.
He confirmed that there would be no compromise on the festival as it involves the rights of Hindus in the country.
“We will organise Thaipusam by abiding by the government’s SOP. If we allow the cancellation of Thaipusam, it would set a bad precedent and It would be used to cancel Thaipusam and other festivals in future for any other reason,” said Tan Sri Nadarajah.
One couldn’t agree with him more.
The Ipoh Hindu Devasthanam Paripalana Saba has decided to organise Thaipusam this year.
The topic of cancelling Thaipusam festival 2021 in Malaysia popped up lately due to the current Covid-19 phenomenon.
Whether the so-called pandemic is still a threat or even relevant is subjectively debatable. Popular malls in city centre had been thronged by thousands of visitors during Christmas and New Year celebration. How is that allowed and why not a religious celebration allowed too, with similar SOP?
After all fans are being allowed back to stadiums to watch English Premier League matches, aren’t they not?
But the fact remains that Malaysia was still being fettered by the Covid standard operating procedures (SOP).
Thus whatever festival to be held must be organised in accordance with the SOP.
The recent announcement by DAP-dominated Penang government to cancel Thaipusam does not make any sense.
Wonder why was the DAP government so reckless.
Who is DAP anyway to decide on whether Hindus should celebrate Thaipusam or not?
Are Hindus in Penang so vulnerable that their rights can be easily breached by a hasty decision?
Mind you, Penang Thaipusam is arguably has always been considered as “grandest mega festival” in the island-state.
Cancelling it not only a serious breach of rights but would be an economic downfall.
Shocking though that the DAP, which had always claimed to be a multi-racial party, showed no regards neither respect to Hindu religious-cultural sentiments, sensitivities, rights, interests and benefits.
If the Penang government wants to cancel the ill-conceived and unwarranted DAP golden chariot procession, it will be good idea.
But the traditional silver chariot procession must go on and devotees must be allowed to mark the day of penance and thanksgiving to Lord Muruga.
Just because certain cyber mongrels (most probably paid agents) published personal videos and comments in the social media calling for a ban on Thaipusam this year, it does not mean the festival shall be cancelled.
Who are they anyway?
Are they spokesmen for the Hindu communities by large?
It would not be a surprise that the DAP would now engage some cyber mongrels to justify its state government’s ill-considered Thaipusam stance.
Any person supporting the stance to organise the festival will be berated and ridiculed by the DAP cyber mongrels.
Character assassination will be the rule of the day.
Hindus should know that the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB) is not a religious body.The board is a mere trust safekeeping Hindu properties in Penang.
Constitutionally, PHEB, being a statutory body, has no business nor the right to interfere in the Hindu religious and cultural matters.
It’s time for all Hindus to uphold their constitutional rights to organise Thaipusam, arguably the biggest religious-cultural festival in Malaysia today.
They should not allow anyone to violate their rights.Otherwise, if allowed now, it will lay a bad future precedent.
Don’t be the reason for your own downfall and later be cry babies.Thaipusam is Hindu rights that should be upheld at all costs.