Thaipusam

HIGH COURT UPHOLDS THAIPUSAM INSTRUMENT BAN

In the courts today, Justice Tay Yong Kwang of the High Court dismissed a challenge against the ban on playing musical instruments during the Hindu procession, Thaipusam. 3 concerned Singaporeans, R. Vijaya Kumar, Balasubramaniam and M. Sathiamoorthy, who participated in this year's Thaipusam, had applied to challenge the ban earlier this year. They wanted to see the allowing of musical instruments such as the urumqi to be played at next year's event.

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TRS ADMIN: WE WILL EXPLAIN EVERYTHING IN DUE TIME, DO NOT TRUST MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTS

News broke on The New Paper that two administrators behind The Real Singapore sociopolitical website were arrested under the sedition act over an article about the Thaipusam Incident which was compiled based on various eye witness accounts. TRS administrators urged readers to beware of misinformation spread by state owned news outlets and clarified that only one editor was being investigated by the authorities. The said editor is cooperating fully with the police.

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MINISTRY OF MANPOWER STATEMENT: NO PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR THAIPUSAM TO BE FAIR TO OTHER COMMUNITIES

Our calendar of public holidays is a reflection of our multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. But any move to reinstate any one festival as a public holiday will immediately invite competing claims, and necessitate considerable renegotiation with all communities. Balancing the wishes of each community will not be a simple matter. Neither can we simply re-allocate public holidays by ethnic group, as amongst both Chinese and Indians we have citizens of different faiths.

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HEB STATEMENT: BAN ON THAIPUSAM MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO STAY, CITES COMPLAINTS OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT

In a statement issued today, the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) said that the prohibition on musical instruments during religious processions has been applied to Thaipusam since 1973 and "was to ensure the orderly conduct of the religious foot procession" through densely populated areas. HEB stated that over the years, HEB has received complaints of "disamenities and disorderly behaviour that impede the progress of devotees in the procession and detract from the spiritual experience."

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SHANMUGAM AND HEB DOING A U-TURN ON THAIPUSAM MUSIC BAN

Minister for Law K Shanmugam said in an interview that the calls for music accompaniment during Thaipusam should be looked into. "We should find out the wishes of the people. The Hindu Endowments Board will see how we can fulfil their wishes. They have to consult the people and see how to proceed."

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[COMPLAIN] PAP MUST STOP OPPRESSING OUR TAOIST & HINDU RELIGIOUS PRACTICES

I read the news recently about Hindu devotees, who have demanded that the government grant them an additional public holiday for Thaipusam and allow them to play musical instruments during the Thaipusam procession. I fully support their actions as I think all religions should have the right to freely practice their own religious rituals. In the same vein, I think Taoists should also be given more freedom to practice their own religious beliefs. Taoists should also get an additional public holiday for our festivals, none of which are "official" public holidays in Singapore.

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PAP GOVT APPROVE MUSIC INSTRUMENTS FOR ST PATRICKS DAY BUT DISALLOW FOR THAIPUSAM

PAP in self destructive mode again. Seriously, which is more relevant to the Singapore context? Thaipusam or St Patrick's Day? Right Hook Communications Pte Ltd has been appointed as the official PR agency for this year's St. Patrick's Day Street Festival! which will take place from the 13th to 15th of March 2015. It will be a foot procession of merrymaking involving , bands, drums, singing and marching.

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POLICE PUSHED ME ONTO THE GROUND, SAYS WIFE OF MAN CHARGED IN THAIPUSAM INCIDENT

In response to media queries, the Police confirmed that it received a report on 4 February 2015 from a 30-year-old Indian female who alleged that three officers had hit or pushed her on 3 February 2015 at Desker Road, during the Thaipusam procession. She is the wife of one of the accused charged for disorderly behaviour at the same procession. Police take a serious view of any allegation against its officers and will investigate each case thoroughly.

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ALFIAN SAAT: MOST S'POREANS SUPPORT THE HINDU'S RIGHT TO RELIGION

To my Hindu friends, I just want to say that I believe that the majority of Singaporeans do not support this kind of heavy-handed and iron-fisted approach to a community's religious rights. I think I speak on their behalf when I say that the government is not acting on our behalf with this ban. What is the whole point of having 'Inter-Racial and Religious Circles' when the state can't recognise the fundamental religious liberties of a community?

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SHANMUGAM: HINDUS ARE THE MOST PRIVILEGED IN SINGAPORE

Hindus - Privileged or Discriminated against? Most people don't realise, that in Singapore, all religious foot processions are banned. This ban was imposed in 1964, after riots. But Hindus were given an exemption: Hindus have been allowed three religious foot processions: Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi. The Hindu religious foot processsions go through major roads. No other religion is given this privilege.

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