KUALA LUMPUR, May 18: Acclaimed Indian actor Surya will not be attending the Maha Hindu Youth Unity Festival 2016 that will be held on June 4th and 5th.
The Malaysian Times reported that on March 7, the actor had given the green light and was scheduled to give a talk on education and his foundation Agaram, during the festival.
However, it has been claimed that the actor had allegedly requested for an RM250, 000 fee to be present at the event, enraging the organisers and fans.
“This is the celebrity, we idolize and spend all our money to support their movies and but when come to CSR (Corporate social responsibility), they are millions miles away,” wrote Selangor Hindu Youth Organisation adviser Arun Dorasamy on his personal Facebook account
He also said that Surya will be replaced by someone with even more caliber to give a talk on education and to ignite the Hindu youth’s path to knowledge.
“I personally will not support any artists that do not support their community they are benefiting from, especially in Malaysia.
“They want our money, but not our well-being,” said Arun in the posting.
However, he said that the Maha team is determined that they will reach the 50,000 youth target with the message and objective of the event itself.
Arun said that the four main purposes of this event are the youths, education, leadership and most importantly unity.
The event is organized by eight Hindu NGOs namely; the Hindu Youth Organization (HYO), Malaysia Hindu Sangam, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Hindu Sevai Sangam, Malaysia Hindu Dharma Maamandram, Malaysia Archagar Sangam, Hindu Academy and World Hindu Council.
The event is headed by Hindu Youth Organization Selangor and will be held at Dataran Petaling Jaya.
The event will have a line-up of talks, a unity 5-km run, a concert featuring local artist, as well as a large flashmob with an estimated 5,000 people participating.–TMT