Malaysia now has the first Asean citizen to travel to space but let's not get too carried away with this feat.
Already many have argued that we spent so much money just to hitch a ride with the Soviets and of course it is only natural that our guy is space wishes he could stay longer, according to this story from malaysiakini.
Quite an understandable feeling as it must be really exhilarating to be up there and be the centre of attention among many Malaysians.
Already creative thinkers are planning to morph a space ride that was given birth to after a rather questionable arms deal into a billion ringgit enterprise under the banner cry of another "Malaysia Boleh" project.
Never mind what is the scientific rationale for such schemes. As long as we can allocate a generous budget, we will somehow find some experiments to perform in space. Publish the findings? Perhaps after some of the judges have completed their written judgements.
I suggest to our first Malaysian in space. Come back to earth and I am sure you will be selected as an MP.
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