Next year Penangites will see the debut golden chariot procession during Thaipusam.
However this gets disapproval from Penang Putera MIC chief N.G.Senthelnathan stating Penang Thaipusam should keep its old tradition Lord Muruga carried on a silver chariot.
He claimed Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Ramasamy is making mockery for next year’s Thaipusam and it’s totally unfair for a man from a different state who doesn’t know the choice of the Penangites.
“Ramasamy has initiated golden chariot procession and it’s not acceptable at all.
“It could be purely political gimmicks to introduce golden chariot during his legacy.
“However, what is the benefit of this golden chariot to Penangites or for the state?” asked Senthel via a press statement.
On a related matter, Senthel said it is nearly five years now since the Thaipusam hosted, Sri Balathandayuthapani temple is being shifted higher up the hill.
Sadly, there is no initiative taken by the Penang Hindu Endowment Board neither the state government to provide proper connectivity to the temple until today, added.
“This leads to hundreds of thousands of people being denied to go up the hill to see Lord Muruga on auspicious days like Thaipusam, due to age factor, infant carrying parents, sick people and many more.
“Wouldn’t it be better for the Penang Hindu Endowment Board to work something in this line instead of spending millions on a chariot which is not needed?” he added.
He suggested that Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) to be led and participated by non-politicians, let it be ruling or opposition government.
Only then, religious body could function independently without any political views and let the religious practitioners lead the PHEB and do the best for the religious events, he pointed out.