Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Angkasawan Will Get To Defend Himself

National astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will be given the opportunity to defend himself before any action is taken if he is found guilty of amassing RM1.2 million from a series of talking engagements, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said Tuesday.

"We will follow the normal government procedures and see if there is a breach of contract or certain provisions. We have to allow him to defend himself (first)," he said when asked what the government would do if he was found guilty. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar is currently in Mecca for the haj.

"We are waiting for him to come back. There are a few things he has to explain," Ongkili told reporters after opening the Confederation of Scientific and Technological Associations' conference.

He said that if Dr Sheikh Muszaphar were found guilty, the government would "guide" him and allow him to decide if he wanted to "stick" to the space programme or go back to his medical practice or further studies.

On astronaut Mejar Dr Faiz Khalid, Ongkili said he was doing his Masters in the United Kingdom under the National Science Scholarship.

He said Dr Faiz would continue his physical training so that he would be prepared when Malaysia decided to embark on the second space programme. (Bernama)

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"The government would 'guide' him." What the devil does that mean? So if he's found to have received appearance fees he might have to leave the space programme? Some would say that he deserves the fees while others may opine that he should make appearances for free. In all fairness, a judicious balance between both these opinions (as the angkasawan is in fact said to be following) should be a win-win situation. There's nothing wrong in him being rewarded for his fame if done moderately.
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7 Comments:

Blogger Billy said...

For heaven's sake, please stop calling this fellow an astronaut. He was nothing more than a space tourist, period.

10:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Fair said...

Wow , someone who took a ride in a spacecraft can be called an astronaut ?

I had took so many fights before , so can I call myself a senior pilot yeah ?

11:27 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worldwide, here are over 1,000 true astronauts/cosmonauts/taikonauts who know how to pilot spacecraft. They will be more than willing to give free lectures on space here. Who are the fools who paid this umno bum who can't steer a spacecraft thousands of ringgit to give lectures on space? He just isn't qualified to do so

7:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous pancaroba said...

a space tourist will just relax and have fun in space while Dr.Sheikh have to some scientific experiments when he was in space.therefore he's not qualified to be called as "space tourist".the experiment that he did also got the attention from other several countries including the United Stated government.

about the "payment" that he received,let's just hear his side first.

anonymous,
do you ever believe that neil armstrong gonna give out his lecture for free here in Malaysia?.man,cash is essential nowadays you know.

12:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gosh.. i don't think this angkasawan would even remember all the planets in our solar system without looking at a note..Go ask him a few technical terms like what we hear from NASA. Sure he will be blurred..

1:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the experiment that he did also got the attention from other several countries including the United Stated government."

So, where's the paper on his scientific research, experiment and conclusions? Can he win the Nobel Prize with it? And when is Harvard University going to confer an hononary PhD on Space Tourism to him?

12:17 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
That is how F..king BN government spends public money..send an asshole to space and now he goes around milking people for money.
Astronaut my arse !!

10:25 AM GMT+8  

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