With Donald Trump supposedly sending a rocket to the moon today, CNN decided to pay homage to the commander in chief by compiling some of the best quotes he’s made on the topic of the final frontier over the years. Of course, the launch ended up being delayed on account for bad weather, but some of these quotes are almost too good.
In fact, some of the things he’s said on space reminds me of some of the more memorable quotes purportedly said by our very own former Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) leader, Tun Samy Vellu. Yup, I said it! Hear me out though.
Let’s first take a look at what Donald Trump has said about space.
“This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?” — Trump, July 2017.
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!” — Trump tweet, June 2019.
“To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say…Any way of going directly without landing on the Moon? Is that a possibility?” — Trump, July 2019.
Sounds rather ridiculous, does it not? I mean, for starters.. the moon isn’t a part of mars. And then of course that second and third one didn’t age well because surprise surprise, it turns out that you’d need to pop by the moon first before even thinking of heading to mars.
You just get the sense that Trump doesn’t know squat about how exactly space travel works, and yet here is about to launch a rocket to the moon. Our very own Tun Samy Vellu too once purportedly said something about space travel and it certainly trumps everything Trump has said above, but then again he isn’t the president of the US, so he certainly gets away with it.
Here’s what he said:
“Bagi saya, ini adalah satu pembaziran atas duit rakyat. Kita sepatutnya tidak hantar mereka ke bulan, tapi hantar mereka pergi ke MATAHARI! Barulah USA dan Russia respect sama kita!
(For me, this is a waste of the Malaysian people’s money. We shouldn’t be sending them to the moon, but to the sun instead! Only then will the likes of USA and Russia respect us.)
The journalist then replied – “Tapi Datuk Seri, matahari kan panas, macam mana mahu pergi?”
(But Datuk Seri, the sun is way too hot, how would we go there?)
Samy Vellu then replied – “Itu pasal you takda jadi menteri, saya sudah 30 tahun jadi menteri, mesti ada penyelesaian. Kita jangan pergi siang, banyak panas. Kita pergi malam baru ada sejuk!
(Thats why you’re not a minister, I’ve been a minister for 30 years and I have the solution. We won’t go in the day when it’s hot. We’ll go at night when its cooler!)
How do you top a gem like that? You don’t. Good try, Trump!
Tun Samy Vellu always had a way with words and reading about Trump’s quotes on space really just reminded me of what he said about our Angkasawan program all those years ago. Stay in good health Tun and never, ever change!