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‘Unfair to target Thaipusam when mega events are happening’ Minister unhappy with apparent double standards

He also promised to bring the matter up with the Prime Minister.

KUALA LUMPUR – Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saranavan is questioning the government’s decision to ban Thaipusam celebrations, calling it “ridiculous”.

This comes after numerous photos and videos emerged on social media showing clear SOP violations at the recent “100 Days Keluarga Malaysia Aspiration” event held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

Pm's 100 days keluarga malaysia aspiration event
Image via: Twitter

DAP’s Syahredzan Johan was also quick to point out that Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was present at the event yesterday (Dec 9) but reportedly did nothing to address the alleged violations according to MalaysiaKini.

Dap minister on kj at event
Screenshot via: Twitter/Syahredzan Johan

Saravanan, who is also MIC president, said he will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to review the ban on Thaipusam processions.

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There will definitely be a solution to this (the reported barring of the Thaipusam chariot procession). If this event can take place, surely Thaipusam will also take place, and this would be in accordance with the SOP set,” he told FMT.

M. Saravanan asking pm to review ban on thaipusam processions
Image via: TheStar

Processions not allowed

On Wednesday (Dec 8), National Unity Minister Halimah Sadique told Parliament that the Thaipusam chariot procession will not be given the green light due to growing fears over the Omicron variant.

National unity minister halimah sadique told parliament that the thaipusam chariot procession will not be allowed
Image via: FMT

However in a press statement yesterday, she announced that the SOPs for Thaipusam celebrations slated to be held on Jan 18 were still pending approval and yet to be finalised.

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