Police statement on Thaipusam incident

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a clarification on the Thaipusam incident [ LINK ] on their Facebook page.

SPF Statement

Outdoor religious foot processions are generally not allowed. The Government, however, makes an exception for the Hindu community for Thaipusam, and allows an outdoor religious foot procession, in view of the festival’s significance and importance to the community.

Over the past few years, the Police have worked with the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) to ensure that the Thaipusam foot procession takes place safely for devotees, participants and the general public, and in a manner which is considerate to residents and businesses along the route. The restriction on the playing of musical instruments along the procession route was introduced in 1973. Nevertheless, in response to feedback from devotees who wanted a more vibrant event, the Police and HEB have increasingly allowed religious music over the years. Since 2011, devotees have been able to sing religious hymns along the procession if no amplification devices are used. Static music transmission points were allowed in 2012 to broadcast music to devotees. The number of such music points allowed has increased from just two in 2012, to 23 since last year. Since 2016, three live music points were allowed along the procession route.

The Police are aware of videos circulating online of a kavadi procession at this year’s Thaipusam. This incident took place at around 4am, when some participants in a group of about 16 were singing, amplified through portable loudspeakers, and playing musical instruments. A HEB official advised them to stop, as it was not permitted under the Thaipusam permit conditions. However, one of the participants challenged the HEB official by claiming that what they were playing were not musical instruments. The group, however, eventually complied with the HEB official’s advice, and continued with the procession.

At around 4.30am at Selegie Road, near the Selegie HDB residential estate, the same group of persons was observed to be singing and amplifying the singing through portable loudspeakers. HEB officials and Police officers engaged the group a second time, and advised them to lower the volume. In fact, earlier in the night, Police had received a noise disturbance complaint related to the Thaipusam procession.

Each of the two engagements by the Police in support of the HEB officials was no longer than 10 minutes. The allegation circulating that the group was filmed and followed for 30 minutes is patently untrue. Police officers and HEB officials were accommodative during the engagements despite the group having broken the law and challenging them. Both engagements were filmed in their entirety by Police for evidentiary purposes, both in the interests of the devotees and the Police.

The Police will continue to work closely with HEB to ensure that the Thaipusam procession continues to take place in a peaceful and safe manner, for the sake of the devotees, their families and the many children who also participate, and the residents, businesses and general public along the procession route.

 

Related: An open letter to HEB

 

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13 Responses to “Police statement on Thaipusam incident”

  • LIONS:

    Ok,our local hindhus shud respect law n order n be ordely.
    i am not one to condone DISORDRLINESS esepcially if carried out arrogantly.

    we need to respect each other.

    what about F1.
    CLOSE ROADS EVERYWHERE N WASTE OF AT LEAST $100 MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS MONEY OVER JUST A FEW NOISY POLLUTED DAYS???!!!

    F1 GENERATES MORE ROWDINESS THAN THE MUSIC FROM THAIPUSAM PROCESSIONS N THIAPUSAM IS ONLY ONE EVENING BASCIALLY???

    SO,WTF IS THE PROBLEM???

    I SAY GO FLY KITE THOSE WHO DESPISE OUR OWN CULTURES N NORMS.

    FTs better learn to be more respectfult olwards sgs especially when they steal our jobs with the help of lee ah long by using FAKE DEGREES N GIVING KICKBACKS etc?

    time to come clean!!!

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  • HarderTruths:

    SPF really expect me to believe they are nor at fault? The same people who go and hie when there are real riots? Now they claim ‘too much noise’ – can they prove?

    HEB – always siding the SPF – why? You cannot defend the people of $G against the SPF? Why is this such a one sided reporting? Typical Shit Times flavour from their arses.

    Are the people who chant now unruly rioters because they want to play musical instruments? If this was a minister’s funeral would SPF object?

    We see who is real and who is fake by actions and deeds. Words mean nothing.

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  • Save ourselves,vto:

    No end to this PAP’s bloody nonsense.
    Who the hell are they really working for eh?
    Before the foreigner started arriving by the planeloads, there was never a problem.
    Music was allowed, roads were also temp closed for the kavadi walkers n their contigents.

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  • Most boring place, why?:

    Last week i saw n read , SG was voted in an international survey as The most Boring Place ! Need we say more?
    As usual the state media were helping to refute this infamous award!

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  • Angmoh Pie:

    LIONS:
    Ok,our local hindhus shud respect law n order n be ordely.
    i am not one to condone DISORDRLINESS esepcially if carried out arrogantly.

    we need to respect each other.

    what about F1.
    CLOSE ROADS EVERYWHERE N WASTE OF AT LEAST $100 MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS MONEY OVER JUST A FEW NOISY POLLUTED DAYS???!!!

    F1 GENERATES MORE ROWDINESS THAN THE MUSIC FROM THAIPUSAM PROCESSIONS N THIAPUSAM IS ONLY ONE EVENING BASCIALLY???

    SO,WTF IS THE PROBLEM???

    I SAY GO FLY KITE THOSE WHO DESPISE OUR OWN CULTURES N NORMS.

    FTs better learn to be more respectfult olwards sgs especially when they steal our jobs with the help of lee ah long by using FAKE DEGREES N GIVING KICKBACKS etc?

    time to come clean!!!

    F1 wayang is sudkii and can lap up with angmoh gao that sillyplace is not boring and can be their fuking playground, all expenses paid by dumb sinkies. What can Taipusan bring? To the greedy dogs, it’s not sexy and brings nothing.

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  • Real News Is Fake News:

    Pappy Keklin law ministar already said fake news.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    why St Fxxkxxg Patrick day procession is allowed?

    white shit and is ok but our own born and bred not ok is it?

    Back to colonial days?

    can’t believe the rot.

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  • look silly and selfish:

    //F1 wayang is sudkii and can lap up with angmoh gao that sillyplace is not boring and can be their fuking playground, all expenses paid by dumb sinkies.//

    F1 more glamorous lar (though costs more). white idiots like loud, noisy or grand visibility especially when it comes to international events which will put the country on the map to show sinkie land is are equal in the league to be organizing and managing such BIG FAT EVENTS lar – you can i also can.

    you think white idiots will care much about the inconvenience to average daft sinkies meh ? don’t forget, they have many white idiotic doggy boys / girls to propagate their wish and help to sell their wayang / roti prata and to make your inconvenience / complaints look silly and selfish.

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  • Merobok:

    While observing the video, one can notice how unproductive the police officers were!
    Just look at the officer recording the filmlet and he is held on his arm by another colleague and another at the back of both to ensure they do not fall backwards!
    It really looked comical and one wonders whether they are taught on productivity or maybe they believe it is synergy!

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  • Bapak:

    If the world wide world already know is fake news, why take it so seriously. Their maturity in doubt.

    You mean Sinkies got no brain to think and anaylse? Sorry, they know we have 70% brainless around.

    The Shame No Gun very smart to read his master’s mind. With such an extremely narrow-minded person, Shame’s afraid if he doesn’t do anything, his millions will be gone. Submit at all costs to the money god. What a shame!

    Top is extremely crooked, bottom cannot be straight, must be bent to make the crooked top happy.

    Real News Is Fake News:
    Pappy Keklin law ministar already said fake news.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Hungry Ghost month ge tai or songs cause even greater noise pollution and annoyance in the heartland. Why never ask them to lower the volume?

    How about the CNY lion dance drumming from
    lorries on the roads?

    What’s is it about Thaipusam that the regime is fearful of?

    Must charge a fee to watch Thaipusam like Chingay then it’s ok?

    Worse and worse. Do we have a crazy guy running the country?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Real News Is Fake News:
    Pappy Keklin law ministar already said fake news.

    Response: Every year they have .”Issues” with Thaipusam Devotees, I wonder why. While others are even worst, if compared, after all they are once a year or once in a lifetime. Can we live and let live, enjoy.

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  • John Wick:

    Sad to see such beautiful festival being spinned and twisted until this way by the corrupt establishment.

    I’m not Hindu but it’s time Thaipusam to be declared public holiday.

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