Rafil Elyas: Malaise in Space – Angkasawan Pt II


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14 Responses

  1. Yuen says:

    It’s not only on Malays Rafil, it’s all of us Malaysians. “…[I]t has severely damaged any credibility MALAYSIAN may have had”.

    Sigh. We are the laughing stock of the global neighbourhood.

  2. Mikhail says:

    Dear Rafil,

    The common goal for all Malaysian is to celebrate and be happy. If shooting “A Blind Mice” to the moon means a lot to our simple minded folks, then lets anticipate more funny,wasteful,happy things to do in our future soil.

    Dear Yuen,

    Lets laugh together with our neighbour. With lotsa money and resources, lets be happy, than serious. Serious is no good. Create tension and unhappiness!!

    Great follow up, Rafil.

  3. Yuen says:


    It’ s pretty hard to laugh it off when there are so much money being wasted while the queue at Food Not Bombs is getting longer and longer (not a good thing).

    Sorry dude, just can’t be apathy and ‘shut one eye’ over this issue. We have been doing that for too long, and we have been forgiving without people asking for forgiveness for too long,

    It’s time to get serious.

  4. Panda Head Curry says:

    Hi Yuen,

    I was writing in (my perceived) context of this whole MALAISE shenanigan. I felt that this, and other grandiose displays (dropping idiots on to the north pole – they should have left out the parachutes) were expensive PR stunts to push Malays in the forefront.

    This “mission” served to highlight an abhorrence to hard work and a lack of discipline – two qualities that are frequently attributed to us.

    I thought it was amusing when the President of Khazakstan started referring to Malaysians as “Malays”. Probably a slip of his or the translators tongue..yet very appropriate.

    There is a rabid insecurity and inferiority complex plagues us. It is this that infects us with the malaise of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, continues to manifest itself in the form of extreme religiosity and intolerance…and alpha position displays of chest beating.

    Instead of building strong fundamentals with hard work, we take the short cut and applaud the superficial.

    I rarely see this happening in the Malaysian Chinese, Indian and Dan Lain-lains.

    Their accomplishments, for example Everest conquerers and our squash world beaters, have been gotten (and largely funded by themselves or their families) through sweat and dedication.

    Vincent Tan, Lim Kok Wing or timber tycoon could easily have bought a seat from the Russians and shot one of their own bangsa in space. But they didn’t.

    They do not suffer from the same Malaise as we do.

  5. acapunk says:

    american – astronaut

    russian – cosmonaut

    china – taikonaut

    malaysia – can or not?

  6. kudokudi says:

    sumo pandei cakap….habukk tarakk…org dah ke bulan….kito kemano?….kito duk kutuk org lg yo….

  7. chew says:

    Rafil Elyas,i must admit,this post u created is lovely,n more than anything,u show u have got balls n also intellignece,unlike dumb,”redneck” malays in this country.our country need more of u n less of these rednecks malays.none of my friends know of the fact we pay the russians to send him to space.

    no offence when i used the term redneck malays.im fully aware there r many redneck chinaman as well in this country.

    agian,good job Rafil Elyas.

  8. noa says:

    thanks rafil for the superb view.

    we will have space ‘tempe’ chips on the streets very soon. or maybe space sate, space batik or whatever…

  9. Mikhail says:

    Dear Yuen / Panda Head Curry,

    I shared the same sentiment as you la.. but.. it has been going on over and over again for the past 15 years.. so what shud we do? make noise or change citizenship?

    Kita tunggu jer .. bila resources dah habis, jual jer tanah malaysia.. hantar sorang lagi monyet naik bulan.. hahhaha..

    The successful entrepreneur Chinese/Indian/Lain lain/and some Malay too as mentioned PHC deserved our respect as they succeed with minimal political assistance. But our so called cosmonaut, hmmm.. he worked hard too with a lot of assistant. Dont be an ass la, make our own glory semacam itu Nicole David.. Begging for the same mercy and special treatment is so plain lame. If we cant do it in this country, the world masih bulat what.. Air Asia pun sudah cakap, Everyone can fly.. hahaha..


    p/s: im just tired and jaded begging for the same treatment. Serupa peminta sedekah jer!

  10. Yuen says:


    The role of such wordsmith as of Rafil himself is a very crucial one. The goal is not to make change from a single column contribution for Rome, it was said, wasn’t built in one day. What is obligatory in a situation that we are in is a constant observation and criticism where it is deemed fit, so that those holding power would not abuse them without a whiff of objection.

    Fly away/ changing citizenship is NEVER an option, running away solves nothing.

    I hope that Fafil’s writing could do what my writings definitely couldn’t; to create some awareness and providing the crucial alternative to the mainstream thoughts. What we need is not a unifying opinion to make progress, but a diversity of stance and position that encourages healthy debate.

    I get what all of you try to mean but whether the opinion contribute to pessimism and more apathy or as opposed to a progressive thought for future changes should be the something that we judge ourselves carefully, before jumping to any conclusions that we decide we should hold.

    Keep it up Rafil, there are just so many consumers in this age nowadays that we need producers from a savvy wordsmith like yourself. I’ve read your column at Off The Edge too, but it looks like one needs to have humongous amount of knowledge before being able to digest wholly what you are trying to say (It’s a compliment). Haha.

    We shall not condone apathy, mediocrity and ignorance.

  11. xLaNx says:

    woah, great review.
    yes, we are the global laughing stock of the planet!
    Malaysia Boleh!

  12. Mikhail says:


    Ignorance??!! Even John Mayer is singing this :

    “Waiting On The World To Change”

    Me and all my friends
    We’re all misunderstood
    They say we stand for nothing and
    There’s no way we ever could

    Now we see everything that’s going wrong
    With the world and those who lead it
    We just feel like we don’t have the means
    To rise above and beat it

    So we keep waiting
    Waiting on the world to change
    We keep on waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

    It’s hard to beat the system
    When we’re standing at a distance
    So we keep waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

    Now if we had the power
    To bring our neighbors home from war
    They would have never missed a Christmas
    No more ribbons on their door
    And when you trust your television
    What you get is what you got
    Cause when they own the information, oh
    They can bend it all they want

    That’s why we’re waiting
    Waiting on the world to change
    We keep on waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

    It’s not that we don’t care,
    We just know that the fight ain’t fair
    So we keep on waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

    And we’re still waiting
    Waiting on the world to change
    We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
    One day our generation
    Is gonna rule the population
    So we keep on waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

    We keep on waiting
    Waiting on the world to change

  13. Yuen says:

    We wait.

    But by the mean time, we try to do whatever we can to make the change.

    Nice lyrics though.

    OK, i gotta go organise a workshop now.

  14. Panda Head Curry says:

    Thank you for your kind words Yuen. I’m pretty sure I don’t deserve them.

    The Off the Edge article was actually not published in its entirety. Footnotes were omitted and one of the charts was cropped.

    I have put up a soft copy on the web: http://tinyurl.com/2nmbwn

    For the guy who believes I’m only bitching and not doing anything to advance science, technology and engineering – I am not a rocket scientist, but try to do my best.

    In fact, if you have an advanced degree (MSc or PhD) in Chemical Engineering, strong foundations in theory, in particular thermo, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, reactions and practical design or operating experience in hydrocarbon production and processing, you may join me in my quest to tame and beat matter into submission.

    I’m hiring now. Send in your resume to sales@east101.com – I’ll get you going on some good shit that’ll make this and the next space flight participant’s head spin. We are an equal opportunity employer, though Malaysian citizens are preferred.

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