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Russian Traders At Their Best

Dewan Rakyat: Russians to sell us Soyuz spacecraft

RUSSIA has offered to sell to Malaysia the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft used by angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor in his historic journey to space.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said the offer would be considered after garnering feedback from various quarters.

However, he declined to reveal the price set by Russia.

“The Russians have offered the craft to us. The offer is good but we will have to negotiate the price. If it is reasonable, the matter will be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration,” he told reporters during a visit by astronauts Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Major Dr Faiz Khaleed to parliament yesterday.

Jamaludin said he hoped the offer would be raised and debated by MPs in the house.

He said there were suggestions that a site was set up to mark Malaysia’s success in sending a Malaysian to space.

He said the Soyuz spacecraft could be displayed at the site which could generate long-term interest in aerospace.”If we can bring it to Malaysia, it will inspire our younger generation. They can explore the interior and experience the feeling of being in a spacecraft. This will certainly fire up their passion.”

Jamaludin said he would also propose to the cabinet to declare Oct 10 as Hari Angkasa (Space Day) to mark the historic event.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 6th November 2007 (link)

I’m impressed with the Russians, selling a used spacecraft to us Malaysians who apparently are so simple minded that we heap honour and praise on the first Malaysian in space.

Sending a man into outer space is not an accomplishment when he is just hitching a ride. Its not like when China had their space program and launched their own shuttle. This Malaysian astronaut in space celebration its just so… embarrasing! Plus we are so rich that we can blow money on the spacecraft as some kind of monument?

Success in sending a Malaysian to space? Do you know that foreigners have bought seats on the shuttle to the International Space Station? All Malaysia ‘achieved’ is spending huge amounts of money to trick the ignorant nation into thinking we accomplished something major.

Hari Angkasa if it does happen, will serve as a reminder that this country’s government has no problems throwing away the nation’s money on frivolous non-achievements.

Did we celebrate the first Malaysian to ever ride a double decker bus? Since we do not have such technology in use here, would we buy such a bus if offered by the British Government?


Written by ak57

November 10, 2007 at 3:09 am

Posted in Local News

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