American Spaceman is called Astronaut
Russian Spaceman is called Cosmonaut
Chinese Spaceman is called Taikonaut
Malaysian Spaceman is called Can-or-naut !!
Dr. Mahathir was thinking about sending a Malaysian into space. Three potential can-a-nauts were called for an interview – one Indian, one Malay and one Chinese.
Dr. M interviews the Indian first: “So, Muthu, this is a dangerous mission. How much do you think you should be paid?”
Muthu replied: “One million ringgit.”
“Why so much?” asks Dr. M.
“Very dangerous mission, Datuk. Maybe I no come back!” replied Muthu.
“That’s understandable,” says Dr. M. “Thank you…please ask the Malay guy to come here.”
So the Malay walks up, and is asked the same question.
Alamak, 2 million,” replied the Malay candidate.
“Two million? That’s twice as much! Even that anneh (bro in tamil) before you asked for only one million.”
“You see, Datuk,” explains Mat. “I have 4 wives and 15 children … With so many of us, it is a big family to leave behind when I am gone..!”
“I see,” says Dr. M. “Okay, can you ask that Chinese guy to come then?”
The Chinese guy comes in and Dr. M asks, “Ah Chong, as you heard, This is a very risky mission, how much do you want?”
Ah Chong smiles for a while, and says, “3 million.”
Mahathir appears shocked. “What??? 3 million! Why so much?”
Ah Chong beckons Dr. M to come closer, whereupon he quietly whispers into his ear, “Datuk, one million you keep, one million I keep, and then one more million to send that anneh into space!”