Allocation of RM200,000 for Thaipusam celebrations


Story by Chan Lilian

Pix by Alissala Thian & Chan Lilian

CHIEF Minister Lim Guan Eng has spent two hours at three temples greeting Hindus who are celebrating Thaipusam and also meeting with the temples committee.
At the Sri Ganeshar temple, Lim announced that the Penang State will allocate RM200,000 for the Thaipusam celebrations.

“I want to congratulate the Penang Hindu Endowment Board Directors for the well done Thaipusam celebrations,” Lim said.


An endless flow of devotees and tourists making their way to the temples in Waterfall.


A kavadi bearer with sea shells hanging from his body piercing and carrying a heavy burden making his journey to the hilltop temple.

Lim who is usually given garlands and cloths as a welcoming gift presents all of these gifts to the people. Seen here, is a senior citizen from Bukit Mertajam age 94 years old who is so happy to receive the gift.

 The RM3 million golden chariot making its maiden journey from the Arulmigu Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street to the Arulmigu Sri Ganesha Temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga.

The devotees who were there to pay homage to Lord Murugan at the Hilltop Temple.
While the temples give Lim garlands and cloths to welcome him, Lim then give them away as gifts to the devotees. Of them was a 94 years old woman from Bukit Mertajam who was very happy when Lim presented her the garland and cloth.
Lim was also invited to the Nattukotai Chettiar Murugan Temple Waterfall for tea and Lim was pleasantly surprised when Heath Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam joined him. The two gentlemen spent time chatting over tea.
Also at the event were Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd. Rashid Hasnon, DCM II Prof. P. Ramasamy, Exco member Exco Danny Law and assemblymember A. Thanasekaran.