1.3 million expected at Batu Caves for Thaipusam

February 3rd, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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The Star reported that :

A record-breaking 1.3 million devotees and visitors are expected to pack Batu Caves for the Thaipusam celebration this Sunday.

The figure is an increase from the one million people that attended the celebration last year. The Batu Caves temple committee has been making preparations to cater to the expected massive crowd.

Recently, it spent RM640,000 to improve basic amenities like public toilets and water supply. There will also be more than 600 stalls selling food, drinks, trinkets, clothing and souvenirs.

Security is another aspect being stressed on. More than 1,000 policemen will be stationed at the temple grounds and its surrounding area on that day.

Also for the first time, there will be a 15-minute fireworks display on the eve of Thaipusam. The fireworks would be lighted at midnight, followed by a chariot procession.

I’m surprised that it mentioned 1 million people attended Thaipusam at Batu Caves last year. Practically everyone knows the community boycotted Batu Caves last year, resulting in huge drop of visitors. Just search my previous postings.

Anyway, looks like no calls for boycott this year from any quarters. Perhaps those concerned about the condition of SJKT Batu Caves may want to highlight their grievances to the public.   The  public may be very interested to know how much the temple have helped the school for the last decade at least.

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