There are times when it is so embarrassing to be a Malaysian.
Never mind that Malaysia has passed off buying two Sukhoi jets to defend its airspace and instead used the money to send two astronauts into space. War is stupid and the can do spirit shoudl be encouraged and all that. Malaysia boleh!
So with this swap Malaysia gets an opportunity to send two of its best and brightest into space. And what would the government have them do?
…spin top (gasing) and toss “batu seremban’ (five-stone game) as part of an experiment during his space travel.
The astronauts will also paint a batik motif and make ‘teh tarik’ (‘pulled’ tea) which would be shared with fellow astronauts from other country.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry parliamentary secretary
Rohani Abdul Karim. Rohani, who was representing the Science,
Technology and Innovation Ministry at the parliament, said the outcome
of the experiments — gasing, batu seremban, batik, teh tarik et al — would be studied on earth “with the hope that it would unravel the mysteries in science, education and medicine”.
Once can only hope that the next Nobel Prize for scientific discovery go to malaysia for these mysteries revealed. The Indonesians have two good words to describe this type of thinking: kampungan and norak.
Anyone rading this please understand that politicians in Malaysia are a less evolved species than homo sapiens. Most of us Malaysians are not so kampungan, norak and inane. Really!