Saturday, April 21, 2007

Why Is Our Government Hyping The 'Malaysian Astronaut In Space' Event?

Realistically speaking, I wonder how many Malaysians are truly convinced that this 'space journey' by one of our own is a unique or exceptional achievement? We are merely using a Russian space vehicle to piggyback our 'astronaut' in exchange for buying Russian aircraft at a ridiculously inflated price. That is the painful truth. There have been much older men who have paid their way to outer space and back without this much hoo-haa, basically because the trip is nothing much to shout about in this age and time. Perhaps forty years ago people would have been thrilled to bits.

But here we have our government, preparing the ground to hype this event as the most phenomenal feat of the century! Why? Is it because those in authority are so ignorant or naive to consider our space tourist as a swashbuckling adventurer? I don't think so. Behind this clever public relations move by the government is the more important motive of garnering the goodwill of the less informed citizen, who actually might believe that due to the untiring efforts and policies of our pemimpin2, a son of the soil has accomplished the almost impossible, achieved the unachievable. What better 'feel good' fodder for the next general elections than this space trip?

Please read about the latest planned hype here: Dedicated TV Channel On Malaysian Astronaut In Space Proposed
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Blogger fishtail said...

There are some people who will actually believe that we are so technologically advanced and able to join the Space Club, and that we did it out of our own expertise.

12:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nothing more than just an expensive taxi ride with a RM90 million fare.

Yet the government has the cheek to say that it can ill afford to continue with the Text Book Subsidy scheme which benefits thousands of students from low income families!

Malaysia is slowly but surely going to the dogs!

3:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RM90M for a space cab ride, Sxxt!!

5:20 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you corectly pointed out that the purchase price is exceedingly expensive. this space stuff is just a cover up for that. at the end of the day, ask the DPM whats the actual price after minusing the fat commission. till today, he is still mum on the corruption allegations by Anwar. too scared to sue as the beans will be spilled for all sundry to see.

6:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new editions of malaysian school history books will have new chapters that scream "First son_of_the_soil in space!" as if a malaysian spacecraft took him up there. Every tom, dick and harry knows that not even a malaysian-made screw or nut in that russian craft.

8:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There IS a Malaysian nut in the russian cab. It's the astronut!

9:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of nuts, the malaysian cosmonut has two, and not one, hairy nuts.

8:59 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Crankshaft said...

A waste of my hard earned tax money. :(

Any fool can go into space, providing he can cough up the dough.

11:14 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malaysia's first astronaut- Dato' Michelle Yeoh, in Danny Boyle's new movie Sunshine ;)

10:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the same thing as the first Malaysian to reach the south pole, the north pole and what nut have you....
Not forgetting the second Malaysian who climb the Mount Everest had his religion changed after he died.

Get the drift?

2:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

should have spent the money on something useful. the government seems to enjoy wasting taxpayers' money indiscriminately.

12:05 AM GMT+8  

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