SINGAPORE - Law Minister K. Shanmugam has weighed in on the discussion over the ban on playing music at Thaipusam processions. All rights reserved. This ban was imposed in 1964, after riots. The gift link for this subscriber-only article has expired. The Kavadi dance is an important part of the celebrations and followers of the procession in other countries traditionally play loud music, beat drums and sing to help devotees carrying the kavadi to bear the pain. And for the first time in 42 years, organisers featured live religious music at the procession. Whether this is discriminate against Hindus, you judge for yourself lah. Since 1973, religious foot procession have been banned for all religions except for Thaipusam. Yesterday I see many Hindus very upset, say they are being discriminate in Singapore over this incident. So yes - as shown by social media, there are many events in public with music. Respite finally came at the end of 2015, when the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced that musicians who have been given approval, can play specified traditional instruments at three points along the route. In fact, they have been given a special privilege not enjoyed by others.
With these facts, is there a case for allowing musical instruments to be played during the Thaipusam foot procession, in support of the kavadi carriers? But Hindus were given an exemption: Hindus have been allowed three religious foot processions: Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi. Likewise, singing, dancing at communal get-togethers by Singaporeans, foreigners are not affected by the general ban on religious foot processions. So the Hindus are actually in a privileged position. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. If police officers misbehave, they should be disciplined. Our police officers protect all of us. In pictures: Music and devotion at this year's Thaipusam festival in Singapore https://t.co/EnEkn50seG pic.twitter.com/X0hC3sqU9F, — CNA (@ChannelNewsAsia) January 24, 2016.
And not misunderstand them. Minister Shanmugam also said that this year, there were more police officers as well as volunteers on the ground, not just to help with security but also to assist people. Now only Thaipusam allow devotees to walk 4KM from temple to temple. What I have set out are the general rules - based on appeals, sometimes exceptions may be made, based on the specific facts. “The key is to ensure that a small group doesn’t hijack the whole festival and create law and order issues,” he said.
No. All … They were accused of hurling vulgarities at the officers. HEB has relaxed the rules last year within the temple premises. There were also seven additional music transmission points.
Thaipusam is not a normal music or secular festival but a religious festival so respect should still be given and followers need to adhere to proper "decorum" when attending the festival. Singaporeans are asking why aren't devotees allowed to play musical instruments to help kavadi carriers complete their journey. When other non-Hindu religious groups apply to hold foot processions, they are usually rejected. Thaipusam is not a normal music or secular festival but a religious festival so respect should still be given and followers need to adhere to proper "decorum" when attending the festival. But you do you know, we are the only religion in Singapore legally permitted to do a religious foot procession on public roads? All rights reserved. The ban on religious foot processions (as opposed to such communal/social events) is because they carry a particular sensitivity - the risk of incidents is considered to be higher. ", SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2020 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Regn. Lion dances, kompangs and other such celebrations are often held during social, community events. It was a joint decesion between the HEB and temple representatives and not something they implement because they like to do it but only after serious considering. The Hindu religious foot processsions go through major roads. In February 2015, three men were arrested for their disorderly behaviour after another group was told to stop the use of traditional drums. When they started dancing, they blocked the roads and prevented the kavadi carriers from leaving on time and delayed them from fulfilling their vows. It is like how Christians are expected to dress in their Sunday best when going to Church. There are many such community celebrations: both on a national scale and in the local communities across Singapore. It is the same concept. Other groups are allowed to play music, for example, lion dances, kompangs. And what happened in the past was, people would start dancing to the beat of bongo drums and the urumi. It is like how Christians are expected to dress in their Sunday best when going to Church. It is the same concept. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Media reports that despite the ban, devotees have been playing musical instruments over the years. I think even as Hindus ask for relaxation of the rules, we should know the true facts. 198402868E. Thaipusam is held in the last week of January or the beginning of February, depending on the alignment of the sun, moon and planets, and takes place 13 … So now music instruments are only allowed within the temple grounds but not when out in the public roads. Want to work with us? Watch Jubilant Thaipusam Devotees Enjoy Live Music For The First Time In... 12 Unusual Chinese New Year Goodies To Feast On This Festive Occasion, WhatsApp’s Global Outage Brought Out The Best Of The Internet, M’sian Motorist Releases Fish On Flooded Highway, Brings New ‘Life’ To Dead Road, President Trump Gets Covid-19 After First US Debate, His Wife Melania Tests Positive Too, Tourists From Australia & Vietnam Can Enter S’pore From 8 Oct, No Need SHN If Swab Test Negative, Pedestrians Cross Paya Lebar Rd On Red Light & Get Hit By Taxi, Netizens Sympathise With Driver, Lim Tean Arrested For Not Attending Police Interview, SPF Denies Political Allegations, Goh Chok Tong's Son Under Probe For Alleged False Trading, Has Passport Seized, 2 Diners Didn't Put Masks On After Eating, Fined $300 Each For Breaching Measures, SportSG Is Asking For Old Shoes So They Can Turn Them Into Jogging Tracks & Playgrounds, eGSS Has Discounts On Hotel Stays & Gourmet Dining For A Much-Needed Break To End 2020, CASA Has Up To 60% Off Vacuums, Ovens & Fridges Online, Time To Zhng Your WFH Pantries, This FairPrice Outlet Is A Spacious East Side Grocery Haven, Has Pharmacy & BBQ Essentials, Massive Best Denki Sale Has Up To 50% Off On TVs, Computers & Appliances Till 28 Sep, MoneyOwl Is Giving You $5 GrabFood Credits After You Complete Your Will For Free. The rules were relaxed after HEB sought feedback from the Hindu community and proposed the recommendations to the government.
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Now other religions only can do religious vehicle processions and their devotees cannot walk on foot. But now we see so many road closure for marathons and what, so maybe authorities can consider closing these roads just for this one day too? Traditionally Chinese funeral need to walk all the way to the funeral place. And sometimes, at events such as the Kew Ong Yah Festival, there will be public gatherings in the different constituencies, playing of some music, but even then, the police will generally not allow long foot processions. ), is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February), usually coinciding with Pushya star, known as Poosam in Tamil.The festival is also observed among Keralites and is vernacularly called Thaipooyam (Malayalam: തൈപ്പൂയം). Yesterday during the Thaipusam procession, there were a few incidents and it caused an unhappiness.
Right thinking Singaporeans will find this completely unacceptable. Have news to share? That’s right, after a failed appeal in court to overturn the ban in 2015, after a social media upheaval that even playwright Alfian Sa’at joined in, the banned has been overturned.
There were incidents in the past which led to the tightening up.
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