I'm sorry, maybe it's because I'm an ignorant Neanderthal but I see no rational reason for us to send some pretty boy into space. A Malaysian in space is as appropriate as a one legged albino frog doing the polka in the middle of the Federal Highway. Maybe we have new experiments to conduct on biotechnology, the study of mass produced plasma screen TVs in zero gravity or maybe just to stake out new territory to plant our optical disc factories?
At least we can say the nation sent up the first space tourist in Asia.
"OK, hang a left at that asteroid. They serve pretty decent Synthetic Engineered Nazee Lemak Special. But honestly, no one accepts Malaysian Ringgits in this galaxy."
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