Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Malaysia's First Astronaut


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!

18 comments:

Josh said...

KKP, although I agree with most of your observations in relation to politics, I beg to differ on this one. How can any taxpayer be proud of this? This isnt an achievement more than buying a ticket to fly to Melbourne isnt. We are merely spending to send a monkey to space.

Anonymous said...

'I would like to congratulate Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor for being chosen as the first Malaysian astronaut'

Now I find that in itself, very strange. What did he actually do except being chosen to be a passenger?

Being chosen is not an achievement - its lottery.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Josh,

Like many politicians I have observed, I am beginning to learn the virtue of doublespeak...u missed this part of my posting:

"If Malaysia can send an astronaut to space, I am sure we are 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!

If they can send a Malay to space, I am sure they can urge all Malays to compete on equal turf especially those middle and upper classes Malays.

Yusuf said...

Lets not forget. He is Gay.
I think its abot time Malaysia totaly embrace herself as a secular country, and stop using Islam as a tool.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Yusuf,

I do not think you should use a personal attack on Dr Sheikh. Whatever he is, it is none of our business.

Please respect a person's dignity.

What A Lulu said...

i didnt think of it from this persepective, but yes, the malays are indeed a successful race in m'sia.

based on their own capabilities, they've succeeded in running the governemtn, they head government bodies, schools, hospitals and universities. even glcs are run by capable malays who got there on their own merit.

i echo your call for the government to end its pro-Malay bumiputera policies. We should instead focus on those who are really under privileged regardless of race.

well done, Malays in Malaysia!
you've proven yourselves!

Yusuf said...

Khoo,
I wasn't trying to be offensive by calling him Gay. I have nothing against homosexuals what so ever.
What I was trying to imply here is that Malays, knowing this fact (sooner or later) should be mature about it. (I surely Hope they do, but looking at the way our politicians behave, well..).

Mad Izatie said...

hello, i found ur blog while randy searching on google.

i think that it's great that he's gay. it's empowering. and it's a great thing because it shows that homosexuals in malaysia are not worthless. they are normal people as well.

and the government shouldn't use Islam as an excuse. it's time that we adopt a secular government.

zahraa said...

sorry i have to said that :
DR. SHEIKH MUSZAPHAR SHUKOR AL MASRIE SHIEKH MUSTAPHA is not a gay! i know him very well....
don't make the rumours ok..

Anonymous said...

"it shows that homosexuals in malaysia are not worthless" LMAO!

Khoo Kay Peng said...

For goodness sake, lets not focus on Dr Sheikh as a person. I did not start the talk that he is gay. So for f**k sake, lets talk about the viability and relevance of the space programme.

I think it is a shame that we spent RM120 millions and none of his experiments have survived. And I doubt Japan is interested in what Dr Sheikh had done up there for 10 days especially on cancer cell etc.

This thing about how useful his trip, on a technological perspective, to our country's R&D is a whole bull talk. This kind of talk is only what our politicians can do.

Another Arab said...

KKP

With due respect to you, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al-Masrie is an ethnic Arab. His greatgranfather (I believe) migrated from Egypt. So, do you believe that Malays come from Egypt? Go figure!

And remind the Malays that the Syeds (including that dude in Arau)and the Sheikhs are actually descendants of immigrants from countries FURTHER than China!

Another Arab said...

Dear What A Lulu

Most so called successful Malays are in reality ethnic Arabs. Let us be honest ok?

Singaporean Arab said...

Vive le Arab...

haha. pity the Malays but try harder. its ok. Arabs should stand up and not hide behind the Malays' shadow. If not, strip the Syeds or Sheikhs or Al-Masrie (for e.g) from your name. This aint racism. Im encouraging the Arabs to stand up. and be like One!!!

Alla Ma3akon.

Anonymous said...

Proud to have a gay hero, even though we are in Malaysia. I think there is nothing to be ashame of. It is very normal. It is his choice, whether he chose to keep it to himself or to be out, it is up to him. I think most of us here is not trying to discriminate or spereading rumours, each to their own, and have their opinion.
Kudos.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Viva Malaysia!! Malaysia is able to spend millions of ringgit to send a person up into the air whilst the roads and public transportation and services are being neglected.

While the rich become richer (with bribery) and the poor become poorer, the government still blames the non-Bumiputras as the main reason in preventing the Bumiputras from advancing. The quotas in house purchasing and local universities application is a must for the Malays to survive. Subsidization from government for the Malays is a neccessary for the business to grow.

With non-stop political scandals with sex, anal sex, money, murder, oppression and lots of bribery, this nation is still proud of Herself by sending an astronaut up to the air. It is definately one of the miracle in human history. Malaysia Boleh!!

Anonymous said...

we all came from adam and eve.. so what?

Anonymous said...

Adam & Eve , not Adam & Steve!