MORE PICS & Video – Partial Boycott Effective on 2008 Thaipusam at Batu Caves; 1 Million visitors Failed to Show; Stall paying RM3 -6K reported Losses
Lingam-Eusoff Trip Was Coincidental, Court Told
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Lingam Must Answer Questions On His
The Royal Commission of Inquiry was set up to determine, among others, the authencity of the video clip allegedly showing Lingam brokering judicial appointments over the phone. However, Lingam, in his testimony, said he was unable to say whether the man talking on the phone in the clip was him and his stand was that "It looks like me, It sounds like me". Lingam's counsel, R.Thayalan, had objected to the line of questioning on the New Zealand trip, saying that the evidence on the trip was beyonde scope of the commission's terms of reference and that the inquiry should be be confined to evidence on the appointment of judges. Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, counsel for former chief justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, purported to be the man on the other end the telephone, and conducting officers Datuk Nordin Hassan and Datuk Azmi
Ariffin adopted a similar stand.
The conducting officers said it was certainly not the purpose of the establishment of the commission to ascertain or determine the truth or otherwise of all matters mentioned in the transcript of the conversation in the video clip. Today, Eusoff's recently-appointed counsel, Zamani Ibrahim told the commission that they also took a similar stand as Thayalan. Previously, Eusoff, who was questioned on the trip when he took the witness stand last Friday, was not represented by counsel. The commission put off his testimony to allow him to engage counsel.
MORE PICS & Video – Partial Boycott Effective on Jan 23 2008 Thaipusam at Batu Caves; Million visitors Failed to Turn up; Stalls paying RM3000 - 6000K reported Losses ABOVE: The entrance to Batu Caves was not overcrowded the day before Thaipusam BELOW: The adjacent side of steps
BELOW: The statue of Lord Murugan fronting the main steps
To say there was a complete boycott of the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves would be not correct as the more religious people would still observe the significance of it. According to SKThew - Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam) and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
Our PKR info Chief Tian Chua took a drive early morning on Jan 23 08 and reported “I could note a notable drop in the attendance. Last year I was here at the same time, the entire highway was jammed up. This time,
ABOVE & BELOW: The unfilled empty 272 steps leading to the temple proper just like a normal tourist day
The wire agencies put the turnout in tens of thousands whereas the Official Spin media still had the 1 Million figures swelling perhaps to 1 Million. Whatever it is the pictures tell the story. On the day before the big event, the crowds were not there and a number of the larger stalls were still unoccupied.
ABOVE: The temple official explanation ‘This year we had reduced the number of stalls to give people more walking space.. and the charges of the stalls were from RM100, to RM300 depending on the sizes.
ABOVE & BELOW: Two of the stall owners were complaining the stall cost RM3000 (above) & almost RM6000 (below)in rental and both suffered losses this year due to the partial boycott.
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As to the SMSs that were floating around the whole of the week before Thaipusam, Samy Vellu had this to say of them:
”These are nasty, nasty low graded fellows. Their mind is not the high quality mind – low quality mind. They don’t have the capacity to think, capacity do things in a manner that complies with the law & order”
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Call To Boycott Thaipusam In
"I don't think religious people pay any attention to naughty SMSes," he told reporters when asked to comment on the crowd turnout at Batu Caves following the SMSes calling on the Hindus to boycott the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Describing the SMS senders as "people of low-quality mind", Samy Vellu said these sort of vicious SMSes would not dampen the spirit of the Indians to be steadfast in their belief and conviction. Samy Vellu urged the Indian community to unite in support of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, which had protected the rights of all races inthe country.
"Don't be hoodwinked by the opposition," he said, imploring Indians to change their mindset to emerge as a progressive race in this multiracial nation. The opposition should be ashame of themselves for stooping so low as to use places of worship for their political campaign, he exclaimed.The minister expressed his gratitude to the government for declaring Thaipusam a public holiday in
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M'sian Indians boycott Thaipusam festival
A series of SMS text messages had called on ethnic Indians who did turn up to use their sandals to pelt political leaders including Samy Vellu, the leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress which is a member of the ruling coalition. The veteran politician, who has sided with the government and been accused of neglecting the interests of his constituents, insisted there were at least half a million people at the complex and a million the day before. '
I have come to Thaipusam since I was 11 years old. I know the crowd. It is the same as before,' he told reporters at
. 'I don't think religious people who went to pray to Lord Murugan will listen to all the naughty fellows,' he said of the SMS campaign. Batu Caves
'Who can threaten us? Anyone who threatens us we can find out where he is.' 'It takes only five hours to find out where he is. They can't run away from us.'
ABOVE & BELOW & BELOW: The smaller stalls were opened and literally "pak wu ying" - catching flies all the time with so few people
Stallholders and devotees lamented the small turnout and said ethnic Indians should work together to promote their cause. 'The crowd is normally double or triple this size. Now it's so small, so there is not so much of a great mood this time,' said N. Kumaran, 41, a civil servant who has taken part in the festival for the past 14 years. Sweet seller Joga Singh said that with the crowds so thin he and other vendors were not making any money this year. 'I think many people are afraid to come because of the SMS to boycott. Our business is suffering because of it,' he told reporters.
ABOVE: The crowd on Thaipusam day was not full capacity, see the gaps in the steps
At least 3,000 ethnic Indians gathered in the temple grounds to protest in November, and more than 8,000 people massed elsewhere the following day in unprecedented scenes that shocked the government. In December it jailed five ethnic Indian activists under draconian internal security legislation that allows for detention without trial. Malays, who make up 60 per cent of the country's 27 million population, control the government while ethnic Chinese, who make up 26 per cent of the population, dominate business. Ethnic Indians, who make up 8.0 per cent of the population, complain they run a distant third in terms of wealth, opportunities and education. – AFP
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Thousands Throng Temples In Celebration Of Thaipusam
In KUALA LUMPUR, almost 500,000 devotees and tourists made a beeline to the Sri Mariaman temple in
In IPOH, over 20,000 devotees thronged the Arul Subramaniar temple in Gunung Cheroh since yesterday in conjunction with the festival. State Unity and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk G. Rajoo, who is also Perak MIC chief, and Datuk Tan Chin Men, the State Health, Environment and Human Resource Committee chairman, also participated in today's celebrations. The highlight as usual was the procession involving the silver chariot in the image of Lord Muruga from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Sungai Pari to this temple. Needless to say, traffic jams in the city were commonplace today.
In SELANGOR, Thaipusam in the state this time around was described as more meaningful following it being declared a public holiday in
Klang police chief ACP Mohamad Md Yusuf said the festivities in Klang and Port Klang were going smoothly and no untoward incidents were reported.
In PENANG, some 50,000 devotees, mostly from the northern region, flooded the Sri Arulmigu Balathandayuthabani temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga to fulfil their vows. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who was accompanied by State executive councillor P. Subbaiyah also joined the festivities. Tourists also flocked to the temple to witness the occasion, which is also promoted in
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ABOVE: About 20,000 devotees are expected to witness the consecration of the