I would like to congratulate Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor for being chosen as the first Malaysian astronaut.
A Soyuz rocket carrying Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Nasa's Peggy Whitson, thrust into the clear evening sky over the Kazakh steppe on a two-day voyage to the orbiting ISS.The Soyuz TMA-II rocket lifted off at 9.21pm Malaysian time from Baikonur Cosmodrome and is now in orbit heading towards the space station.
As a Malaysian, I am proud to witness the event live on TV.
If Malaysia can send an astronaut to space, I am sure we are ready to go the next step. Dr Sheikh is a native Malay and he was chosen from a field of almost 1400 applicants. He made it on his own merit.
His success showed that Malays are not backward as claimed. It is time for the government to end its pro-Malay bumiputera policies. We should instead focus on those who are really under privileged regardless of race.
The Malay race is the first amongst all races in Malay to have taken a huge step forward with the successful launch to space of Dr Sheikh.
UMNO, no more excuses please!