11 days later

The big debate: Was it a waste?

Maybe…

Maybe not…

It’s all been said and done.

He’s had the time of his life for sure. Lucky him…

And now,

“National spaceman Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha, 35, and second choice Kapten Dr Faiz Khaleed will receive recognition to be named as “cosmonauts” from the Russian government in a graduation-like ceremony to be held in Moscow soon.

Dr Jamaluddin hoped that the recognition would stop the debate on the Malaysian space mission.

He was commenting o­n the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) referring to Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Shiekh Mustapha, o­ne of two Malaysians eligible to make an expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) as “space flight participant”.

Datuk Seri Jamaludin said it was the Russians who had selected and will be sending the Malaysians angkasawan to space and therefore it is appropriate for them to give the recognition and not the United States.”

Source: Just google it!

Personally, what’s the big deal?

So what if he’s just a “space tourist”? Why the fuss about this recognition thingy? So he trained for 18mths, so that makes him an “astronaut”/”cosmonaut”? That’s like saying, I studied Accounting for 5 years…therefore I’m an Accountant.

Well, I’m not.

It’s not just “studies”/”training” that makes an Accountant an Accountant. The person must have all the qualifications and be a Certified Public Accountant and be a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountant and etc before they can be called an Accountant. Similarly, one doesn’t just train to go to space and becomes an astronaut…surely he’d have to have wholesome knowledge and what-nots to get that recognition.

I am quite shocked about the recognition actually. (If it’s true.) Will that recognition stop the debate on his “status” on top of the debate on how this whole space thingy was a waste of $$? I doubt it. In fact, I think it will spark even more debates. Let’s just wait and see…

But one thing I grant is his and will always be his and his alone…He will always be The First Malaysian In Space, a title that is undoubtedly and unquestionable his…Or is THAT too open for debate?!

Gosh, I hate politics.

P/S – This was initially a comment for the previous space-post but it’s too long to be a comment, so here it is.

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20 responses to “11 days later

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  2. he’s the 1st malaysian sponsored to space.. but that’s another story. read up some alternative news for independent opinions rather than taking it at face value what the local media that obviously suck up to the government gave. Always get both sides opinions and decide for yourself. All we know the recognition is part of the package/deal. Muahaha! I just don’t buy it :p Why don’t you check russian space agency website for that recognition heh?

  3. that was exactly what i think when i read that news. just like how ppl said…. being born in a garage does not make you a car. just becos he spent 18 months training does not mean he is an astronaut. and u know… the russians are giving him the title cos we bought a lot of fighter planes from them… US didnt get a cent and will not give a shit.

    one thing which will really tick me… is that he will be given a datukship when he returns.

  4. I hope he will not given with any datuk-ship or tan sri-ship or what ever ship but unforfortunately, giving the honourable-ship is something common in Malaysia. So, whtever la.. But seriously I’d rather if he is still Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar. 🙂

  5. datukship is nothing la here. it comes very cheap. i won’t be surprised. lame lame lame .. lepeh mentality again. pangkat, pangkat, pangkat … that’s why they stay the way they are. i dun want to see we because im not them .. and im sure zewt and bongkersz is not them also. im serious, no point of getting annoyed over stuffs like dis. datuk dr sms. PMS, MMS, watever la

  6. what better things to write about? your sms tone? .. yeah… 😀 haha! hmm.. good to have debate, can sharpen my long lost debating skills.. who knows, i may run for election in future.. because i fed up with things then i decide to join them.. if you cannot beat them, fark with them.. kah kah kah!

  7. Hahaha…what to do? The connection died on me…posting that sms tone was easy cos I already had the youtube in my drafts. Just needed to add a few words. LOL.
    Yea…do run for election…wa caya sama lu.Hahaha… 🙂

    “Bong For Prez!!!”

  8. like support can bring you anywhere? .. 😉 u dun have the money, dun have the right support .. kenot go anywhere .. politics is not easy. suggesting bong going in might be easy … but …

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