PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, and his son Tunku Idris, who is the Tunku Temenggong of Johor, attended the state-level Thaipusam celebrations at Sri Subramaniar temple in Johor Bahru today.
Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also the Pulai MP, was present to welcome the ruler and his son, together with Johor unity and human resources committee chairman R Vidyanathan and Sri Subramaniar temple chairman K Arumugam.
Bernama reported that they were also joined by other non-Hindus in witnessing the religious rituals performed by thousands of Hindu devotees at the temple.
“Despite (the temple) being crowded with those who came to pray, they (Hindus) still welcomed visitors like us. We feel very honoured,” Chan Lai Keong, 52, told Bernama.
The housewife said it was her first time visiting the Sri Subramaniar temple in Jalan Dato Esa to witness the Thaipusam celebration.
“I was mesmerised by the rituals performed by the Hindu devotees as well as the traditional music played throughout the celebration.”
Another visitor, Norafikah Samad, 27, told Bernama that she had only been able to see the festival on television before.
“I was very excited to see they (Hindu devotees) fulfill vows by shaving their head. A new experience for me as a school teacher and it can be shared with my students to prove Malaysia is a peaceful and harmonious country,” she was quoted as saying by the national news agency.
According to Bernama, the Thaipusam celebration at the temple was attended by about 3,000 Hindus from around Johor Bahru, most of whom gathered since 7am to participate in the religious ceremonies.