Thaipusam 2011: how boring, thanks to the authorities

I’m a Chinese  but I always look forward to the Thaipusam procession. 

This year’s Thaipusam was a subdued affair possibly because of reminders about noise issues. The spontaneity and exuberance of previous years was missing. People seemed more guarded this year.

It’s absurd that music and musical instruments are banned. Music is  the life and soul of any celebration. 

The authorities had put a dampener on Thaipusam 2011..

I don’t think I’ll return for Thaipusam 2012. 

Perhaps a little boy summed up the absurdity very nicely. He asked his father in a plaintive tone, “Why play music also cannot?”

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5 Responses to “Thaipusam 2011: how boring, thanks to the authorities”

  1. love your quote of the little boy….i feel the same way

  2. Earlier this morning, there was a lion dance troupe driving around the neighbourhood banging their drums & clashing their cymbals. As far as I remember, it is an annual affair.

    And it’s not even Chinatown here — in fact, local Chinese are quite a minority here. Moreover, it’s not as if residents are here because they have consciously chosen to attend a festive procession.

    Yet no music is allowed in Little India during the Thaipusam walk. There is something very very amiss in this State.

  3. They’ve opened up a can of worms. Someone has to take responsibility for this insensitive blunder, and the minister has to issue an apology. For years I have been watching Thaipusam processions, and enjoyed them. I’m always delighted to see other races showing appreciation for others’ cultural and religious practices. Without music it’s like a lion dance without the drums! An apology shows one’s humility. After all no one is perfect. But knowing them, don’t expect one.

  4. Slowly but surely– singapore is becoming like Malaysia. Chinese bumiputras are getting favroable treatments


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