Monday, October 22, 2007

Lulu Hopes The Government Would Listen To What Dr Tan Seng Giaw, MP For Kepong, Has To Say About The Space Program

ok... this is kinda wistful thinking, but what Dr Tan wrote in his letter to Malaysiakini makes good sense and Lulu hopes that it will not be a crystal ball prophesy of "our" space program.

As the letters to the editor is available without subscription, Lulu will take the liberty of reproducing it in full.

The government has spent at least RM568 million to put Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor in space. He has just returned to earth. Congratulations to him. While celebrating this event, we must not follow the Saudi Arabia example in our quest for outer space.

According to John Lawton and Patricia Moody (A prince in space), Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud was the first Muslim spaceman. In 1985, he traveled in an American rocket launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Sultan Salman was then commissioned as an officer into the Royal Saudi Air Force. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, and is qualified in several military and civilian aircraft.

In June 1985, he flew as a payload specialist on STS-51G. As one of a seven-member international crew, which also included American and French astronauts, he represented the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat) in deploying their satellite, Arabsat-1B.

Upon conclusion of his space flight, he helped in establishing the Association of Space Explorers, an international organisation comprising all astronauts and cosmonauts who have been in space, and served on its board of directors for several years. For several years, he also headed the Advisory Committee for the Science Oasis Project to be built in Riyadh.

On the day Sultan Salman went into space, 230 Arabs from several countries congregated in Cape Kennedy to encourage him. He did three space experiments designed by Arab scientists. His trip was deemed a turning point in science for the Arab world

But over the past 22 years, what has been the state of science, including space technology, in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world? Saudi Arabia has some of the state-of-the-art scientific facilities. What happens to the Oasis Science Project? Indeed, we need to learn from the Saudi example.


The writer is DAP MP for Kepong.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

FooAhKow-ed (fak-ed) the space program! that good dr should sign up as many advertising contract as possible.

Anonymous said...

The key word of reminder to PM is "Optimization" of all human and any available resources, especially from a lot of commons, they are sweat if not blood!

If this was in the "handbook" of PM or other ministers or officials, a great numbers of "ROTS" can surely be out and not in the record and topics for our concern, worry and despairs!!

This blog should turn more on family psychology, social philosophy, legal aspect in related to different legal rights and rules and regulations for a better understanding of what should be RIGHT and RIGHTS and what are Bully or ABUSES! Unless they are better understood and practised, the society will never have a light for FAIRNESS. If Shame does not come with Bully or ABUSE,ALL were gone sooner or later. Any it is going!

Anonymous said...

RM568 million is 6 times more than the RM90 million quoted by many as the price of the tourism ticket. Thia means than more than a RM1.14 billion will be burnt by the time a second tourist, Faiz the dentist, takes his ride in a Russian taxi to the ISS

Anonymous said...

Things we would like to know:

Wasn't Sultan Salman gay and hence quietly dropped from favor in his own country?

Did our space participant not travel into Space in a very confined Soyuz and returned the same way with a woman?

Did or did not the following happen?

When our Angkasawan was about to leave the ISS to return home he hugged and kissed Peggy Whitson in front of the TV cameras.

When he returned to Kazakhstan his Russian rescue crew included voluptious Russian air force women who grabbed and 'handled' our Angkasawan into the rescue helicopter.

What happened to all his earlier show of stipulated religiosity?

~wits0~