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Hindu Endowment board reminder on Bulls pulling Thaipusam chariot

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GEORGE TOWN — The Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) has issued a reminder on its prohibition on the use of bulls to pull the Thaipusam chariot.

Its chairman, P. Ramasamy, said the PHEB declared the ban three years ago but it had been ignored.

Ramasamy, who is Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, said using bulls was seen as an act of cruelty to the animals.

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“If necessary, the bulls can be used as escorts to enliven the celebration, but not to pull the chariot. We should stop doing this to these animals during a holy festival followed by millions of people around the world. The devotees should help to pull the chariot as a contribution of their resources for the celebration or use a tugging machine,” he told reporters after a visit yesterday (Jan 17) to see the final preparations to celebrate Thaipusam at the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga here. Thaipusam this year falls on Jan 21.

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