Our first astronaut/space tourist/angkasawan, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar is embroiled in a controversy over claims that he received RM1.2 million in fees for making appearances and giving talks. Of course the usual No I didn't/ Yes you did/ No he didn't show was staged la. Anyway, I am not writing this to judge the angkasawan or anything like that. I am writing because I find the report on this case rather amusing. In The Sunday Star's online paper today...
“I am a millionaire? I wish I were,” he said in reaction to a report claiming that he had made a total of RM1.2mil by charging RM8,000 per hour.
Okay. Nothing wrong with that. So maybe he did, maybe he didn't.
The Angkasawan’s father, Datuk Sheikh Mustapha Syed Shukor, and brother Sheikh Taufik (who often accompanied him for talks around the country), also vouched for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, saying he had never demanded fees and added that he was a victim of jealousy and backstabbing.
Okay. Nothing wrong there either. So maybe he did, maybe he didn't.
(His) father expressed disappointment with the way his son has been treated.
He said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar did not get much from the ministry, adding: “He was only given a car to use and paid a RM5,000-plus salary. He even has to pay for a driver and a bodyguard to see to his safety as he has to travel around a lot to give motivational talks.
What? He is paid a RM5,000-plus salary and out of this he has to employ and pay a driver and a body guard? And you say that he often brought his brother along. Wah! The two must be a really frugal pair man! Okay, it would be interesting to find out how much that -plus is worth. You know how Malaysians are when it comes to describing things like this. Hiyah cheap only la. 200-something only. When the price is 299! 200-something or 200-plus only. Either that or the driver and body guard servicing our national hero ain't of very high quality la. If that is the case...HOW CAN??? And some more he has to travel around a lot to give motivation to other Malaysians.
“When he is invited to give talks overseas, such as in the United States, he has to pay for lodging and flight tickets. So, if the organisers offer payment, he accepts them for these purposes,” Sheikh Mustapha said.
What the .... ! So you're actually telling me that our hero astronaut is not very smart issit? Go overseas to give talks and then have to pay air fare and accommodation out of his own pocket? Either he is not very smart or he was actually paid a lot for all his previous motivational talks to be able to afford this stupidity. So which is it? Oh wait...ah I see the organisers of these overseas talks do offer payment and he uses the money to pay his own way there. Sorry, I still think that is not very clever and I sure won't be asking my son to emulate him in a hurry, thank you very much.
He also said that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was not given monetary rewards like other sportsmen who made the country proud.
So are you saying he should be?
“All he gets is his monthly salary"
Okay! Now we're getting somewhere. It's really all about money isn't it? I see...I see...I see...thank you. But I save the best for last..........
“He was also warned not to accept any datukship,” he said, adding that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, however, accepted his datukship from the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan, his home state.
“He did not want to accept but I told him that the Yam Tuan Besar will murka (be angry).”
I mean....what the!...how the....oh I don't know la. Maybe the reporter who wrote that story lost something in the translation or maybe the angkasawan's father should be given lessons on how to be more precise about what he wants to public to know. I don't really don't know la. But it brought a smile to my face reading this crap on a Sunday morning.