Hindu Board: Review of 
rules ongoing

The Hindu Endowments Board said it will continue to engage the authorities in reviewing the rules for the annual Thaipusam procession.

Such engagement had resulted in the relaxation of rules in 2011 when the singing of religious hymns along the procession route was allowed, its chairman, Mr R. Jayachandran, said in a statement on Saturday, reported The Straits Times Online.

"Our Board values the views of Hindus and other stakeholders in our review of our services. Those who wish to give their feedback may write or e-mail us, or post them on our Facebook," said the statement.

Some have questioned the ban on playing music at Thaipusam after a scuffle broke out during the procession last Tuesday.


The incident, which was captured in videos that were posted online, occurred after police asked a group of drummers to stop playing at the junction of Serangoon Road and Desker Road.

Three men, who were part of a group which hired a different group of drummers, were charged in court on Saturday with disorderly behaviour and attacking police officers.

In his statement, Mr Jayachandran also pointed out that the cost of organising the festival has been increasing, even though fees had remained the same over the past five years.