08 Feb '18, 9am

Since 2011, the SDP warned about the banning of music during Thaipusam. It's a slippery slope towards greater...

The Government, through the Hindu Endowments Board, declared that Thaipusam participants, after a few decades of traditional practice, cannot play musical instruments, including beating drums, gongs and cymbals during the procession. The police promptly stepped in and ensured that the policy was strictly enforced. The usual festivity of the occasion was inevitably killed off and the once noisy and colourful parade was no more. Spin as he might, Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam cannot deflect the criticism that the restrictions on Thaipusam are new and selectively applied to this religious activity. Mr Shanmugam defended the ruling, saying that the regulations on musical instruments have been in place for the last 38 years. But unless Singaporeans have been all deaf and biind, we are certain that participants of Thaipusam have been banging their drums and playing music...

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