PUTRAJAYA, 4 Feb 2009: The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry will set up a spaceperson foundation to tidy up the arrangement in rewarding the two national astronauts, among others.
Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said both men — Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Major Dr Faiz Khaleed — would be placed under foundation.
“With the foundation, suitable rewards will be given to the two spacemen for their commitment in helping to promote science and technology,” he told reporters here today.
The foundation to be set up under the ministry is expected to start operations at the year end.
Ongkili also said the ministry was still waiting official letters from Sheikh Muszaphar and Faiz whether they were interested in renewing their contracts.
“I hope the letter can be submitted to me this week so that the ministry can proceed with renewing the contract,” he said. — Bernama