Appointing a representative from a country and a religion that has still not learned to treat other human beings as equals, to deal with aliens, is probably not the best idea. But we can probably assume that it’s part of Obama’s strategy to prioritize boosting Muslim self-esteem over space exploration. Still it might have been better if Malaysia focused more on learning how to deal with people on earth, before aiming for the skies. Especially when Malaysia’s Religious Peace are likely to burst into the Office for Outer Space Affairs and drag the doctor on suspicion of immoral affairs with non-Muslim aliens. A fate that happens often enough to female professionals who work with non-Muslims in the Muslim world.
All this is particularly unwise, as Muslims have already declared a Jihad against “space aliens”. Sheikh Omar Bakri has declared that, “We are obliged as Muslims to make the whole galaxy subservient to almighty Allah”. Say what you will about Muslims, you can’t accuse them of thinking small. At least not when it comes to genocide. Forget conquering and enslaving the whole world, when there’s a whole galaxy out there. And a chance to force ET to wear a Burqa.
But Mazlan Othman has already said that in the event the spaceships do show up, “we should have in place a co-ordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject”. Since Muslims are habitually only concerned with “sensitivities” when it comes to their own beliefs, the aliens will probably be greeted with a copy of the Koran, which hopefully for all our sakes, they won’t mistake for a snack or a cigar, and an explanation of how Islam is the light of the universe.