Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cat Stevens Parliament Visit Not Proper

I don't see the necessity in so much recognition given to this man. Why should he be inside our Parliament? He is not the Head of State or Top Politician of any Foreign Country! He is a Man long faded from the music industry! What's the agenda in our parliamentarians bringing him into Parliament for?! He could have met the Parliamentarians or DPM at the Lobby or respective office.

KUALA LUMPUR: Famous Muslim singer, Yusuf Islam, previously known as Cat Stevens, visited the Parliament today accompanied by Kulim Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin.

Earlier, Yusuf visited Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to exchange ideas on education.Yusuf was promoting an education module he designed for schoolchildren dubbed ‘Skills for Life’, which he had used in Muslim schools in the United Kingdom.“

During the meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, I shared some of my experiences I had in the UK, particularly in delivering education in Muslim schools there,” said Yusuf at a press conference.He said generally the education module in Malaysia is good though he finds that it lacks the human touch.“What we believe is missing is teaching children how to behave and how to be good human beings,” added Yusuf.“For example, we teach children that ‘A’ is for ‘apple’, so perhaps we could instead say ‘A’ is for ‘Allah’.

We can also instill music in our syllabus,” Said Yusof, adding that his education module is kept ‘universal’ and not strictly exclusive for Muslim education.Yusuf also said he is making a video clip for his latest song, “My People”, in Malaysia, with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC).“I expect the video to be out this week or next,” said Yusuf.

Yusuf, whose real name is Steven Giorgiou, was known by the stage name Cat Stevens in the 70s, before he converted to Islam in 1977, and adopted his new name.He penned many popular hits, including “Wild World” and “The First Cut is the Deepest”.

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