Another wasteful trip for second space tourist?

Why the need for a second astronaut programme now?

QUICK TAKE: Timing and priority is never our government’s forte.

Here’s an example to prove this point – the government intends to send a second astronaut to the International Space Station to conduct scientific research by next year-end.

According to Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, a proposal to that effect would be submitted to the government soon.

“We are currently working out the details through meetings, discussions and consultations with scientists and academics.

“We need to justify what the second programme is, based on the success of the first astronaut programme. So, it means that the mission should be different,” he said.

According to Abu Bakar, the second mission would also be fully funded by the Malaysian Government, unlike the first one, which was offset by the Russian Government.

Wow, what an ill-timed announcement.

The average Malaysian is struggling to get by every day amid the smothering cost of living, and the continuous taxes imposed by the government.

The prices of everything – from food items to toll, petrol, and public transportation fees, are increasing, and the rakyat – some of whom are already being retrenched by their employers in the poor performing economy, are made to shoulder the burden.

The government itself is not doing any better.

The ringgit is a constant poor performer, our reserves are at an all-time low, and the administration is being plagued by myriad scandals involving billions of ringgit.

Why the heck do we need to send another man, or woman, into space, now?

What the heck has the first astronaut programme back in 2007, achieved?

The programme, partly offset by our purchase of Sukhoi jets from the Russians, cost more than RM100 million.

How much is this second programme going to cost, since it is going to be fully borne by taxpayers?

Did the government ever make public the “achievements” of our first astronaut, Sheik Muszaphar Shukor, while in space?

One can remember that he successfully proved that rendang can be consumed in space, but that’s about it.

What are we going to prove next?

That you can make teh tarik and roti canai in space, while flying the Jalur Gemilang?

8 Nov 2015 – Ant Daily
Why the need for a second astronaut programme now?


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