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Hindus in Singapore enjoy privileged position, says Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Hindus in Singapore are not only  discriminated against, they in fact enjoy a “privileged” position, said Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam.

The minister was cited saying all this on Facebook. He posted this as a response to many questions asked related to the long-standing bans on religious foot processions as well as the playing of music during religious processions. The ban on religious foot processions has been there since the riots of 1964.

Shanmugam said Hindus are the only ones given an exemption for three processions by foot: namely Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi.

“When other non-Hindu religious groups apply to hold foot processions, they are usually rejected,” he wrote.

“On rare occasions when exemption is given, stringent conditions are imposed which including much shorter routes, unlike Thaipusam which lasts the whole day and goes through major roads.”

Earlier, Singapore’s second Minister of Home Affairs S. Iswaran had explained that the country’s ban on playing music at processions was implemented because of the fights between rival groups

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After India, Elon Musk Criticizes Singapore

Musk later blamed the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for the delay in Tesla's entry into the Indian market

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Beginning his Twitter tirade in New Year, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has criticized Singapore, saying the government there has been “unwelcome” to his electric car plans for the city state.

Responding to one of his follower’s question on why Tesla was not yet in Singapore, Musk tweeted late Thursday: “Government has been unwelcome.”

This is not the first time Musk has complained about Singapore.

Last year, he tweeted that he wants Tesla in Singapore but the government was “not supportive” of electric vehicles.

Responding to another tweet, Musk said: “Singapore has enough area to switch to solar/battery and be energy-independent.”

Not just Singapore, Musk is also critical of the Indian government when it comes to Tesla.

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Elon Musk. IANS

Musk, who visited China in May in July last year, said he wants to visit India in early 2019 but the country generally makes him feel hopeless due to tough government regulations.

“Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk tweeted in May.

In a separate tweet later, Musk said he was keen to be in India soon. “Probably early next year.”

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Musk wanted to bring Tesla to India as early as the summer of 2017 but stringent local sourcing norms derailed his plans.

In 2017, Musk said Tesla’s cars could come to India but there was no further news.

Musk later blamed the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for the delay in Tesla’s entry into the Indian market. (IANS)