First Malaysian off to the bloody fucking space!

And I’ll be praying and hoping he bloody stays there and never return!

Hundreds of millions of ringgit spent just so he could hitch a joyride with a couple of Russians to jet off to the International Space Station for a several Earth Days to do god-knows-what research while those precious hundreds of millions could’ve been well-spent improving the lives and welfare of our people.

Fucking unbelievable! God, isn’t my country just great?

While maybe millions of Malaysians are puffing their chests out in pride at the notion of having our first very own Malaysian astronaut, I can assure you I won’t be one of them. I’ve been anti-Program Angkasawan Negara ever since the dumb idea was first mooted a couple years ago. We’re bloody paying other people to use their expertise and know-how so that we could fulfill our nation’s “glorious” ambition of sending one of its sons off to space. For what?? For WHAT???

If I were in charge of governing this country, I would have scrapped the dumb idea and divert all resources into properly training our police force, improving our public infrastructure and other necessities like playgrounds, public restrooms and public parks, and creating a fund that can be used to help the poor, needy and destitute. I would certainly not waste hundreds of millions of ringgit just so one guy has the damn bragging rights to say “Heh, my lovely beautiful incredible country paid for my trip to space!”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against chasing dreams, thinking out of the box and fulfilling ambitions and all that… but can’t you see some sense here??? At a time when our country is in dire need of funds, they splurge them on nonsensical projects that benefit no one but the country’s ego… how is that good for all people, you tell me! We need billions for all the economic projects that are going on… and here we are, wasting millions to send someone off to space. Arrgghh!!

I’m totally not impressed. Uh, uh, not impressed at all! God… how I wish Tunku Abdul Rahman was immortal… he would’ve made sure none of these idiots do these sort of craziness! This government is rotten to the core… and I definitely fear for our future… sigh!

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  1. Gotta agree with you again. I could understand the trip into space if it yielded something useful such as a cure for cancer or AIDS, or a *viable* alternative fuel, etc. But in the last 20 years, these excursions into space have been exactly that: a multi-million dollar (or ringgit in your case) joyride. I say it’s time the space program was treated like a business. Hold everyone involved accountable for the prosperity of the program. E.g., if you, EW, were sent to Las Vegas to interview Dan Radcliffe on the final HP movie, your boss would expect you to have notes, audiotape etc. to prove you were conducting an interview and not playing blackjack for two weeks. If not, he’d fire you. I think the same guidelines should apply to the space program. “Show me the money!” to quote Jerry Maguire. Prove to me you weren’t up there playing dodgeball with your mashed potatoes…give us something that your Earth-bound brethren can use to advance our society.

  2. journeyofadreamer

    Hmm… Interesting. I just came back from a Raya dinner at Kib’s place and met a lawyer going on about how our national funds are being used to help a select few… mainly those higher up… and now apparently some young hopefuls to make it look like Malaysia’s progressing, huh?

    The question is: What can be done?

  3. All of you folks are bloody unpatriotic lot. You all should read this article to see why your opinions are wrong: http://www.thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?file=/2007/10/18/columnists/bravenewworld/19171550&sec=Brave%20New%20World

  4. iggy

    Corgan,it’s really quite sad.
    Did you ACTUALLY read your link?

    Paragraph 3
    ‘..He is not an astronaut; he is a cosmonaut.’

    Here’s what NASA has to say.
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition16/index.html
    Seems..NASA is ‘quite wrong’?

    ‘The terms, according to Nasa, mean different things but, according to the Russians (and us), they mean the same thing.’
    Selective hearing?

    Paragraph 10
    ‘..our spaceman is not a tourist. No, no, no. He is going to do experiments, important experiments.’

    Let us look at the whole picture..
    Ok, he IS going to do experiments, his health is an experiment..
    (results and impacts on our society are yet to be known)
    Is that seriously going to justify the trip?
    Seriously?
    That’s like Syed Hamid Albar in BBC’s Hardtalk;
    Interviewer: ..Malays getting the tenders easily..Biased..Closed tenders..bla bla bla
    SHA: For your information, the CHINESE are MAKING MORE MONEY even from this method.
    Does this justify the governments actions to dish out tenders to malays?
    Seriously?

    Let’s not forget the infamous plan for the other experiments they planned for him; e.g. batu seremban, gasing..(looks like they scrapped it)

    Btw, i can’t help but reiterate here that he IS a space flight participant. He IS coming back with expedition 15. Staying at the ISS for a relatively, pitifully short period of time(10 days). Serving no direct purpose to the ISS.(I am not including the report that he helped the ISS members in something(What he did was never quoted in the media..unless i missed it.)) AND, I reckon the progress on the ISS will be slower thanks to him(When he leaves, there will be less manpower onboard(when there should be someone filling a position) = slower progress.)

    Paragraph 11
    ‘..he has opened the doors of opportunity for ordinary Malaysians. One of these days, I might go to space. To conduct experiments.’

    I quote our PM and Jamaluddin Jaris(during the interview, waiting for the launch)
    PM: When will be the next time a Malaysian angkasawan be sent to space?
    JJ: The next time Malaysia purchases more Russian aircraft.

    Uh huh…

    Paragraph 12
    ‘..if the Government is willing to spend a bit of money, anyone can go to space.’
    Mind you, that was NOT a bit.
    And for goodness sake..
    Please run the numbers in your head..and think it through
    http://www.malaysia-today.net/blog2006/newsncom.php?itemid=8975

    Paragraph 15, 17, and 18
    Dude!
    Are you for real?
    Is that the BEST case your ‘Analysis’ can come up with?
    Luckily you’re just lecturing in UM.
    PHew!!
    That’s what i’d like to call, teaching EGO, WITHOUT substance.
    Next thing you know,
    ‘Cannot find the Nurin rapist’
    Reply: NVM! We are a space power! It’s ok! Our Angkasawan’s knowledge will help us.
    Ok ok..bad example..
    But you get what i mean..
    Right?

    Or do you not?

    Oh dear..

    PS: Thanks for providing the link. I’ve been searching for it online after reading the hard copy but to no avail. Thanks heaps.

  5. Corgan

    You sooooooooo obviously missed the big picture (hint: it ain’t literal, buddy!)

  6. iggy

    OK my non literal friend, since you don’t want to accept that, why don’t you elaborate in a non literal manner, about your previous comment, ynoe..the ‘..You all should read this article to see why your opinions are wrong’. Why pray tell, are their opinions wrong? and mine too? and do please enlighten me on how i missed the big picture. Thanks.

  7. *yawn* I’ve got two things to say:

    1. Have a little bit of humour.
    2. Read paragraphs 12-15 in that article.

  8. I’m probably the only one who got a kick out of this exchange between Corgan and iggy.

    iggy, the article that was written Dr Azmi Sharom is practically laced with sarcasm. It’s quite clear from the start that he doesn’t think very highly of the government’s spaceman programme because it benefits no one but the government’s ego.

    And I’m quite sure that Corgan’s being sarcastic too. I know him quite well and he, too, does not think very highly of this gov’ment. It’s practically time to put BN in its place and tell them they’ve gone long past their expiry date. We need a fresh government to inject some new vigour into the way this country is governed.

    If only PAS abandons their pure Islamic state rhetoric and form a stronger and mutually beneficial alliance with DAP and Keadilan, I’m quite sure they’ll be able to give BN a run for their money in the upcoming general elections. It’s be great too if Kayveas is fed up with BN and defect to the Opposition. But methinks he likes his Cabinet position very much to risk losing it.

    All the events leading up to the upcoming general election indicates that this is going to be a very, very close fight. Besides adding my vote (which all of you Malaysians older than 21 reading this ought to do too!), I’ll be sitting by the ringside and watch, with crossed fingers, the downfall of BN with a tub of popcorn and a coupla glasses of vodka Ribena. 🙂

  9. iggy

    Corgan,

    Well, that doesn’t seem like an answer to me. Does it to you?

    Oh and i did read the paragraphs again. Is that supposed to humour me?
    I don’t find much humour in self glorification.
    But i guess i didn’t see it in the context of sarcasm.

    Btw, you didn’t seem to be full of humour when you said ‘All of you folks are bloody unpatriotic lot. You all should read this article to see why your opinions are wrong:’

    Unless..
    That’s sarcasm too?

    The Eternal Wanderer,
    I didn’t see it in a sarcastic manner.Sorry.

    And for the Corgan not thinking so highly at this gov, i guess i’d have to take your word for it.
    I definitely didn’t see it as sarcasm when he said “..bloody unpatriotic lot.” Haha.

    Btw,
    I fully agree with you on the rest.
    Kudos to you.

  10. Chris

    Who said he contribute nothing during the journey? He did! In the astronaut’s blog, he mentioned that he brought nasi lemak and other Malay foods alaong, he was also the first to prayer in the space! Dare to say he didn’t contribute huh?! 🙂




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