Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Treetop Student

A Sabahan had posted a video “24 Hours On Tree Challenge” on June 13, 2020 about staying up in a tree in the jungle as that was the only way she could reliably connect to the Internet and sit for her Chemistry and Malaysian studies tests. 

Unsurprisingly, it has gone viral, garnering more than 756,000 views todate. 

She is Veveonah Mosibin, an 18-year-old Universiti Malaysia Sabah student from Kampung Sapatalang in Pitas, Sabah and presently enrolled in the Foundation in Science course. 

She had originally built a hut on top of a hill specifically for the purpose, but was forced to come up with an alternative arrangement when she discovered that the shack was destroyed on the day of her exams. 

Her YouTube video had actually spurred MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) to devise plans for a telecommunications tower in nearby Kampung Bilangau Kecil, which will give Veveonah and her fellow villagers improved internet access. It is to be installed under the National Fiber and Connectivity Plan 1 to improve the Internet in the area and is expected to be completed in 2Q 2021. 

Still, that did not stop an imbecile of a government deputy minister from accusing her on Thursday of pulling the stunt to popularize herself and amass more YouTube views! He is typical of many of our Malaysian ministers who are clever at talking shit! 

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin (right) even suggested Veveonah had lied, claiming his ministry had conducted checks. He was emphatic that she did not sit for any exam at the prescribed time. 

And then for good measure, he added that she was just trying to make a name for herself and she organized the ploy for the purpose of “entertainment”. 

Zahidi is a blockhead, a bozo and a buffoon! The first-class idiot had since apologized for his gaffe saying he had received “inaccurate information” about it. 

He had missed the whole point. The real issue is about the poor digital infrastructure and internet connectivity in Sabah. 

And also be informed that her village has no electricity. That is the sad state of affairs in some parts of the country.

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