And as if on cue, determined to underwrite Michael Backman's assertion that Malaysia Boleh equals Malaysia Bodoh, Agriculture Ministry parliamentary secretary Rohani Abdul Karim had this to reveal about the Malaysian Astronaut Program.
"The astronaut... will play "batu seremban,'' or "five stones'' and spin traditional Malay tops in space..."Why do we have an obsessive compulsive disorder to do the dumbest, most useless things in the most expensive manner possible? The Malaysian Book of Records is already full of dumbass stuff, but this is surely first page material.
"... the astronaut would also do batik painting and making teh tarik."
Does anyone else hear the whooshing sound of RM95 million flying away, never to return? And on top of that, Rohani then had the naivette to say:
Aiyo... that simply means not only did we pay for it, we also paid IN ADVANCE! Don't you think the Russians already factored that into the cost of the planes?
[she] said the training programme for the Malaysian astronaut in Russia would not cost the Treasury a single sen...
"the programme was provided free of charge as part of an offset programme for the purchase of Sukhoi fighter aircraft from Russia."