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Internet trolls’ target wins – Roshini off to Florida space camp

Roshini, the only female finalist in the contest, was the target of sexist remarks. Roshini, the only female finalist in the contest, was the target of sexist remarks. Universiti Malaya postgraduate student Roshini Muniam can now have the last laugh on those who taunted her with sexual comments.

The 27-year-old Kuala Lumpur resident has been announced the winner of an online competition to go to space.

Roshini was swamped with congratulatory messages from netizens immediately after the announcement was posted on men's grooming product Axe deodorant's Apollo Space Race Facebook page.

She will be one of only 22 people worldwide to head to the Florida space camp in the United States, standing a chance to go to space.

Roshini is also one step closer to her dream of becoming Malaysia's first female astronaut. In 2007, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor became the first Malaysian to go to space under the government's Angkasawan programme.

Earlier, contestants were made to undergo a series of challenges to test their mental strength and endurance.

Pictures of the top 5 Malaysian finalists were posted online so that netizens could vote for their choice.

Besides votes, their performance in previous challenges as well as input from contest judges were also taken into consideration.

The competition closed on September 17, and Roshini was placed ahead of the four male finalists. She gained 158,320 votes, about 30,000 votes more than her nearest competitor.

The Malaysian Insider had carried a report on sexist comments targetting Roshini on her profile on Axe’s Facebook page. One comment expressed surprise at a woman’s desire to go to space while another jibed that women should be prohibited from the competition as they menstruate.

The insulting remarks were subsequently removed. – September 24, 2013.

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