The chariot carrying the statue of Lord Murugan has been granted an approval with strict conditions to travel from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur to Sri Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves.

The Ministry of National Unity allows the chariot journey at a stipulated time, which begins at 3am tomorrow (27th January) and the return journey to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at 3am on Friday (29th January).

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Devotees are not permitted to participate and with no stops anywhere throughout the ceremonial procession. The ministry has also mentioned that they would monitor the chariot journey to ensure complete conformity with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been stipulated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

As Malaysia is under a national movement surveillance order, this year’s public holidays had to be postponed, although a state of emergency is also in place to curtail the spread of Covid-19.