Cliff Richard prays for peace and unity


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 02 Mar 2003

BY JASON CHEAH

SEPANG: The Peter Pan of pop, British singer Sir Cliff Richard is all for peace and unity. 

A casual Cliff at KLIA.

“I don't know anybody who really has 'big hate,' or wants to go to war,” the 62-year-old Richard said at a press conference at the Genting Lounge of the KL International Airport when he arrived yesterday for a concert performance here. 

“Even though you can have wonderful fun with rock 'n' roll, but out of rock 'n' roll comes an opportunity to say let's unite.  

Cliff is back in KL with a message of peace.

“Even if you have different philosophies and faiths, we can unite in this one thing, that all people I know would like to live in peace.” 

His recent hit song Millennium Prayer proves this and it has become a favourite closing song for him these days, although long time personal favourites for Richard would also include Move It, Devil Woman, Miss You Nights and We Don't Talk Anymore

“(The song) Millennium Prayer is a great prayer as well. There will be other prayers that will be just as good, possibly, but this is the one I know, and it's asking for peace, forgiveness, to keep us fed and to please keep away evil. 

“And all of us can wish for that, can't they? I'd like to think it could unite because of those words,” he said. 

Richard will be performing at the Genting Arena of Stars tonight and he is really honoured to find local fans still remember him fondly. 

“They say the world is really a small place. Well, it's not so small when you're a pop singer trying to travel around. To get from London to New Zealand is a long, long journey. 

“So when I come all this way, and people are still happy to come my concert, I feel very privileged,” he said. 

As for his longevity in the pop music scene, Richard concluded: “While I still stand, I will continue to move. I might slow down but I won't retire.”  

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