Astrophysics student needs your votes to go to the moon

SUPPORTIVE: Lai (left) gives the thumb-ups to Vun (centre) as a candidate for the trip to the moon. Read more:

SUPPORTIVE: Lai (left) gives the thumb-ups to Vun (centre) as a candidate for the trip to the moon.


MIRI: An astrophysics student here could be the second Malaysian to set foot on the moon if all goes well.

Anthony Vun Choon Wei, 21, a student of Queen’s University Belfast, is among five Malaysians in the running for astronaut training in Florida, US.

Anthony is the only candidate from East Malaysia competing at the national space camp. A step nearer to achieving his dream, he needs the support and votes of the public to enlist in a space training camp in Florida.

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“There will be 22 places up for grabs globally, with the competition running in 77 countries around the world. Entry was done through the, website,” said Vun who met Mayor Lawrence Lai.

According to Vun, the top-voted candidates will go to the Lynx Space Academy for a challenging weekend in each national state, whittling down the number of candidates with a further global space camp in Florida before the final winning astronaut is picked.

“It would be an honour for the country, particularly Miri, and Sarawak in general if I were to be selected for the programme. It will create awareness and interest in Miri – small and relatively unknown to the outside world,” he added.

“It will be a great achievement to be chosen for the programme. As a young resort city, Miri needs world exposure,” said Vun.

He needs the online votes of the public for Round 2 of the national competition. The public may vote for Vun through

“Go to Ishyhara Rio FaceBook page. Click on the first wall post: AXE Malaysia link and vote for Ishyhara Rio.

Those with top marks will be selected to represent Malaysia at a Global Space Camp.

“Some 150 candidates from 77 countries will compete in a global space camp in Florida for astronaut training that involve jet piloting, G-force and anti-gravity control. The top 22 candidates in the global space camp will represent their countries,” said Vun.

Wishing Vun the very best of luck, Lai urged the public in the state, particularly Miri, to vote for him.

“It will be a great honour to Malaysia, particularly Sarawak and Miri, if he is selected. It will give awareness to Miri as Vun came from here. Miri needs this kind of exposure,” he said.

Vun was accompanied by his father when he called on Lai.

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