A Ban on the use of musical instruments was imposed in 1973. Singapore is the only country in the world that bans the use of musical instruments at Thaipusam.
Thaipusam falls under the authority of The Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) . This is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). According to HEB, they had brought up the issue to the police licensing board on several occasions since 1973 but to no avail.
Source: Singapore Police Force - FB post
4th Feb 2015 - A Facebook page published by Voice of One to 'Speak Up For Thaipusam' has garnered close to 9,000 Likes.
5th Feb 2015 - Ms Sangeetha Thanapal publishes: Thaipusam & the right to cultural and religious expression in Singapore. Click here to read.
Ms Sangeetha also starts a petition calling for the re-instatement of Thaipusam as a public holiday. It has garnered more than 20,000 signatures.
6th Feb 2015 - Law Minister Shanmugam gives his take on the rules behind the ban on musical instruments, saying Hindus in Singapore are in a 'privileged' position.
7th Feb 2015 - Oddly enough, there is no mention about the Thaipusam incident on HEB's website : although there is a statement by Mr R Jayachandran, Chairman of HEB on their Facebook
9th Feb 2015 - The Online Citizen publishes an article by Arriffin Sha :'Now can we have our holiday back ?
11th Feb 2015 - Law Minister Shanmugam seems to soften stand (Apparently Main Stream Media Channel News Asia has removed the post): Hindu Endowments Board should find out the wishes of the people.
11th Feb 2015 - Warning by AG (Again Main Stream Media Channel News Asia has removed the post) ....The day free speech which is enshrined in our Constitution under Article 14 was lost in our country...
13th Feb 2015 - Gilbert Goh's application to hold a peaceful protest at Speakers Corner was rejected by the Police.
24th Feb 2015 - Martyn See's Open Letter to PAP MP Lam Pin Min over Thaipusam Incident. Full article here
26th Feb 2015 - Martyn See files a police report on PAP MP Lam Pin Min over the Thaipusam incident. The Straits Times carries the story.
29th April 2015 - Lawyer Mr Eugene Thuraisingam of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP serves an Originating Summons (Case No.: HC/OS 394/2015) in court on the Attorney General, on behalf of 3 Singaporeans applicants, Mr Sathiyamoorthy s/o Murugiah, Mr Vijaya Kumar s/o Rajendran & Mr Balasubramaniam
20th May 2015 - Lawyer Mr Eugene Thuraisingam and state counsels from the Attorney General's Chambers attended before an Assistant Registrar for a pre-trial conference (PTC). The state counsel indicated that they needed more time to put in affidavits on behalf of the Government, given the serious nature of this judicial review application.
18th Aug 2015 - The 3 men are in the process of considering their options in response to the High Court's instruction to place a security deposit of $20,000 if they want to appeal the case. Lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam pays the $20,000 security deposit out of his own pocket