Friday, 28 April 2006

Malaysian first astronaut - Angkasawan Pertama Malaysia

Malaysia is on her way to produce the first astronaut. Below is one joke I found related to Malaysian first astronaut. Please take it as a joke, and I meant no offence. I totally support the government project to send Malaysian to the space. Although it will use Russian expertise, technology and everything Russian, but I see this as the first step for Malaysia to develop expertise in space science.

The project started in October 2003 when Malaysian government had offered any Malaysian to apply to be the first Malaysian astronaut. About 11,000 of applications received, but today only four candidates have being shortlisted. And one of them is a woman, engineer S. Vanajah. The other three are Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, dentist Dr. Faiz Khaleed and pilot Mohammed Faiz Kamaluddin. They will undergo training in Star City in Moscow, Russia. Among the four candidates, only two will be selected as the finalist but only one could be send to the space.

Malaysia’s astronaut programme was part of a package deal arising from Malaysia’s purchase of RM34 billion 18 SukhoiSU-30MKN fighter jets from Russia. Russian Government had offered in return a place for a Malaysian to join Russian cosmonauts on the expedition to the International Space Station in October next year.

Angkasawan Website : Angkasawan = Astronaut in Malay.

Okay, this is the joke. Don't take it seriously guys!

Three potential astronauts were called for an interview - one Indian, one
Malay and one Chinese.
Interviewer: "So, Muthu, this is a dangerous mission...How much do you
think you should be paid for it?"
Muthu thinks to himself and says, "One million ringgit."
"Why so much?" asks Interviewer.
"Nowadays toddy very expensive" replies Muthu.
"I see," says Interviewer. "Thank you...please ask the Malay guy to come here"
So the Malay walks up, and is asked the same question.
"Uh...2 million boleh lah," replies the Malay applicant.
"Two million? That's a lot of money! Even the aneh (brother in tamil)
before you only asked for one million!"
"You see," explains Mat. "I have 4 wives and 15 children... so 20 of us in
the family, we need a lot of money to support ourselves...."
"I see," says Interviewer. "Okay, can you ask the Chinese guy to come here
The Chinese guy comes in and Interviewer asks, "Ah Chong, this is a
dangerous mission, how much do you think you should be paid?"
Ah Chong thinks for a while, and suddenly says, "3 million."
Interviewer is shocked. What?!?!" 3 million? Why so much?!" Ah Chong
beckons Interviewer to come closer, and whispers...
"One million you keep, one million I keep, and then one more million to
send muthu into space!

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