KUALA LUMPUR – The Thaipusam ceremony should not be politicised for any reason. On the contrary, it is good for the authority to come out with guideline, advice and rules for Covid-19 prevention if the celebration is allowed, said the spokesperson of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Mourhrna Reddy.
According to her, discussion on the issue has caused public anxiety and debates among each other.
“It is not a necessity to give opinion to the government or the temple, or even criticise anyone who wishes to perform the ritual at the temple as usual.
“Yes, we are facing the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused everything to change with a blink of an eye and we are living the new normal way of life now. Everyone has their own opinion,” she said at her personal capacity.
Mourhna thinks that it is the personal decision of Hindus who feel that they do not need to go to the temple in Batu Caves.
“And, anyone who feels that they do not want any new cluster and wishes to stay home and pray, that is also your right.
“We also need to wait for the government on the announcement for Thaipusam. Besides that, the RMCO has been extended until 31 March. Let’s not continue to talk about this until it creates anxiety among us,” she said.
Several days ago, Astro Vanaavil though the ‘Viluthugal’ slot aired an interview session about Thaipusam which caused unrests and dozens of police report have been lodged.
The Trustee of the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple, Datuk Sivakumar Nadarajah expressed his disappointment as the programme had hurt the feelings of the Hindus.
However, he said that the temple had expected that the Thaipusam celebration cannot be held in a grand manner, in line with the tight guideline to curb the spread of Covid-19. –MalaysiaGazette