Thaipusam celebrations at the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves will proceed next year, albeit in a muted manner, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temple chairman R Nadarajah told a press conference yesterday that the temple management had lined up several proposals to the National Security Council (NSC) and the Health Ministry to allow the celebrations to go without attracting a crowd.

Below are the suggestions lined up:Speaking at the press conference, Nadarajah said: "We don't want any crowd to gather. I believe devotees will not gather under the present Covid 19 pandemic circumstances and rate of infections.

"The festival, prayers and poojas will however continue as always in keeping with the religious practices at the temple synonymous to Thaipusam. This cannot and should not be stopped or prevented."

He expressed hope that the NSC and the Health Ministry will give the proposal thorough consideration and allow the celebrations to proceed.

However, where possible, Nadarajah urged devotees to observe Thaipusam at home and stay away from Batu Caves.

You can check out the press conference below:

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