Monday, January 12, 2009

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Hopes To Form 'Islamic Space Agency'

National astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor said today his main mission this year is to gather all the nine Muslim astronauts worldwide to form an Islamic Space Agency.

He said he had already met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to discuss how to form the agency when he performed the haj in Mecca last year.

Prince Sultan is a retired officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force and a former astronaut. He is a grandson of King Ibn Saud and is the only Saudi citizen to travel in space and the first Muslim to do so.

"I hope more Muslim astronauts will travel in space and more Muslim aerospace experts can meet and contribute in the fields of science and technology," he told Bernama after a Batek Modelling exhibition in conjunction with Chinese New year 2009 at the Galeri Seri Endon.

On another related matter, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar said he had also met the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Fadillah Yusof to clarify on the allegation that he had amassed wealth from giving talks on his space experience and was waiting for a response whether his contract with the ministry would be continued.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was alleged to have charged a fee of RM8,000 per hour for his talks and had amassed RM1.2 million from 150 companies upon his return from the International Space Station (ISS) in October last year. (Bernama)

***** How much of islamising everything in sight will suffice? Lawyers have the Muslim Lawyers Association and doctors have to contend with the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM). Now
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor wants to take this religious fervour to space!

Of course this lofty talk of forming an
Islamic Space Agency could be just an attempt to divert attention from the accusations that he had capitalised on his space trip to make huge sums of money. Stranger things have happened.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you think about something that nobody has thought about then it is a manter stroke of Genius.

10:50 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction/ manter should read as master

10:52 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this the best mentality of our beloved space tourist ? unbelievable !!pleaselah... sheikh , don't make a fool out of yourself.

1:35 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Abu Abdullah said...

Oh ho! Astronauts are basically glorified truck drivers. So what he is doing amounts to forming an association of slaves of Allah who used to be glorified truck drivers. Well, if it means the Saudis dumping money on a white-elephant vanity project instead of Jihad, then why not.

2:09 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Fair said...

I hope our first astronut will not be claiming to be planing a mission to the Sun during night time..

9:03 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheikh just contacted me to explain that he has been misquoted. He wants
all the nine Muslim space tourists worldwide to form an Islamic Space Tourist Agency. This is because all the nine of them hitched rides to space using non-muslim rockets

11:51 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous IDFrulez said...

moslem this moslem that. these ppl have a serious ego isse!!

1:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

errr...duhh....nothing better to do after the space trip..

7:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waste of $$$, waste of time... Charge that SOB.. hehehe

7:12 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous KC said...

Gazing into the crystal ball, I can see Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi & Ahmaddiya muslim astronauts living in peace in the ISA( Islamic Space Agency- not Malaysia's version-lah)

Kid you not...

11:22 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Crankster said...

There is no end to this...

3:33 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous abu said...

So he now wants to form an elite moslem group that will show him and his 8 moslem brethren to be more elite from the moslem masses...

What an ego he has! LOL!

3:37 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Wallace said...

Hai,
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Hopes to malaysian who is muslim became astronaut only.So,he form a Islamic Space Agency.

Regards,
Wallace
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5:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was asked to show cause and the Minister is satisfied with his defence. Have we had similar response to other issues similar to this? Ramlax

5:46 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should we begrudge this space tourist from making money from his experience if it is not against any prior contractual obligations. After all, it is willing buyer, willing seller.

After all, the majority of Malaysian voters want this to happen...

10:07 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslim this and Muslim that, did he use Muslim money to go up space?Another futile meaningless nonsense to try justify his monthly
$5000 gaji, car n driver? This space joke and Joker continues!

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

We have too many organizations based on religion. Religious based organizations such as HINDRAF, this one and the like should be banned. The constitution says that we are a multi-racial country.Ramalx

9:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly did he do in space? I am still waiting for his report regards his space experiments. What was the final $$$ tally on the whole fantastic Muslim angka- ass-one? Also include the cost of flying his parents to Russia for the whole duration of his expensive space exploration (including cost of food and lodging)?

1:15 AM GMT+8  
Blogger chineng said...

As a paid space tourist,the first that was by the government, he should just form a "Islamic Space Tourist Association".

3:27 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has happened to you. Your blog has has no new items.I hope you are ok.

6:50 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Anonymous 6.50 PM, I'm fine thank you. I'm just taking an extended sojourn, away from the accumulated political mess unraveling in our midst.

11:31 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

Glad to hear that you are on a "sabbatical".

So much to write about ... it is overwhelming !!!

4:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be too hard on this guy. His audience has plenty of space between their ears, in fact padang loads of space!

He knows that the USA (with the Europeans in tow),Russia, China, Japanese and the Indians have some sort of REAL space programs. That is only possible because of he size of their economies.

Until we get there economy-wise, to talk of any kind of space program is a waste of space! But he is a salesman selling snake oil to the idiots who will follow him to get their 15 mins of fame.

(Notaspaceman).

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