Mara to pay RM185,000 for Dr Muszaphar’s space suit .
Berapa harga seluar dalam dia ekk??
KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — Mara plans to buy the US$50,000 (RM185,000) space suit worn by Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustaphar and put it on display for all Malaysians.
Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Noh Omar said he had instructed Mara to buy the costume as a symbol of the institution's success in producing the first Malay spaceman.
"Dr Muszaphar had a discussion with me and he hoped someone would buy the space suit.
"The government is not going buy it but a local company has shown interest, so I've asked Mara to get it," he told reporters after launching the 2009 Mara Education Carnival and Mara Day celebrations at the Putra World Trade Centre today.
He said Dr Muszaphar, a former Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) student in Muar, Johor, was idolised by the younger generation, especially the almost 90,000 students in Mara institutions.
Noh said he would ask Dr Muszaphar to arrange for the purchase of the suit which is now in Russia, and it would either put up for display at the Mara Museum or Universiti Kuala Lumpur-Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UNIKL-MIAT).
He said Mara would also offer a position to the first Malaysian spaceman for him to serve the students at Mara learning institutions as a way to repay Mara which has produced many excellent students, including himself.
"I have discussed this with him and he has agreed to join Mara and work with UNIKL-MIAT either as a lecturer, adviser or motivator," he said.
Noh said he would meet Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital regarding Dr Muszaphar's contracts with them.
"We don't mind if he is on loan (to Mara) or transferred as long as we can use his expertise. We will make space for Sheikh Muszaphar because he is a Mara-educated child," he said.
He added that Mara would provide a special salary scheme different from the government scheme for the spaceman's services. — Bernama