MIC president S Subramaniam slammed Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for giving political speech during the Penang Thaipusam festival.
Subramaniam said he observed this when visiting Penang Waterfall Temple yesterday.
“When I entered the vicinity of the Waterfall Temple in Penang, I was welcomed not by the beautiful melodies of religious songs and hymns but by the jarring inflammatory and provocative political speeches by the chief minister and deputy chief minister of Penang,” Subramaniam said in a Facebook posting.
Thaipusam is a religious function and its spirituality should be maintained, Subramaniam said.
“Everyone who goes to the temple, be they young or old, clad in sarees or jeans, carrying pal kodam or kavadis, they all share one common objective.
“They are there to seek the blessing of Lord Muruga, fulfill their penance and spiritually reenergise themselves.
“Ideally Thaipusam should provide that spiritual environment,” he said.
Subramaniam criticised the Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) for allegedly not providing such an environment.
“Congratulations to the PHEB for converting Thaipusam into a political festival and denying Hindus their inherent right to a peaceful and spiritual Thaipusam,” he added.