MP Challenges Thaipusam Chariot Processions Ban, Citing Aspirasi Keluarga M’sia Event As Far Riskier

Source: The Star

The restrictions placed on celebrations of Thaipusam in the coming month are being disputed by human resource minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan.

The aforementioned restrictions are related to the prohibition of chariot processions which was announced on December 7 by National Unity Minister, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique due to the risks of COVID-19 especially the new variant, Omnicron.

The chariot processions are an integral part of Thaipusam celebrations.

Thaipusam chariot procession to go ahead | Malaysia | The Vibes
source: The Vibes

The validity of these restrictions has been called into question in light of the government’s 100-day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia event held on December 9. The event which was attended by thousands took place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Even MP of Lembah Pantai, Fahmi Fadzil took to Twitter to point out the disregard for social distancing at the event yesterday.

https://twitter.com/fahmi_fadzil/status/1468848864220545028?s=20

Saravanan has cited that the risks of having such a large event indoors in a closed space are much higher than outdoor events such as Thaipusam.

Source: Bernama

According to MalaysiaKini, the Human Resource Minister is quoted saying, “There was no social distancing, no one-metre, none of this adhered to (at this event), but they are targeting Thaipusam instead. I will discuss with the prime minister and ask for an end to this immediately.”

Due to outrage at the double standard, the National Unity Minister released a press statement clarifying that Covid-19 SOPs for Thaipusam have not been finalised and is still awaiting approval.