'Treetop girl' Veveonah sad, disappointed over error made by Deputy Minister

PETALING JAYA: Sabahan student Veveonah Mosibin has expressed sadness and disappointment over the error made by a Deputy Minister in Dewan Negara with regard to her online exams.

In June, 18-year-old Veveonah posted YouTube videos of herself spending the night up a tree to get better Internet access for her exam, and they went viral.

Veveonah said she worked hard for the online examinations and never expected the videos she made would go viral.

She said the mistake made by Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin has gone viral on social media, claiming that she did not sit for any exam and was a YouTuber who merely wanted to gain fame.

In a Facebook post Thursday (Sept 3), Veveonah said she was in the news again but this time, the viral information had a negative effect.

"I don't know how to deal with negative & bad comments on social media. It hurts," she wrote.

The Sabah lass, who gained the nickname "treetop girl", said that although she forgave those who had made mistakes, she still needed the matter to be corrected.

"Thanks to all who are still rooting for me and supporting me (family, friends, lecturers and fans)," she added.

Earlier on Thursday, Zahidi made the blunder when replying to a supplementary question by Senator Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin who asked what was being done to ensure proper Internet access in rural areas, citing Veveonah's case as an example.

The Deputy Minister claimed that Veveonah was a YouTuber who merely wanted to gain fame and was not sitting for any examination when she uploaded her video in June.

Zahidi has since apologised to Veveonah in his Facebook post on Thursday night.

"I received inaccurate information when replying to the supplementary question.

"I wish to apologise to Veveonah Mosibin and will make a correction in Dewan Negara on Monday (Sept 7)," Zahidi said in his post.

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