KOTA KINABALU: The older brother of Veveonah Mosibin, Mekvin, has come to her defence, noting that his 18-year-old sister had never asked for anything but merely shared her daily activities in the village through her videos.
Reprimanding politicians for cyberbullying her, he said Veveonah and the family in Pitas never asked for any assistance or contribution, but the topic of her climbing a tree to get an Internet connection has been politicised.
“The particular YouTube video that my sister made was just to share how things are in her real life, but the public actually liked viewing it and my sister would have no way of foreseeing it becoming a major issue.
“After the issue of Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin making a statement in Dewan Negara for which he later apologised, we now have the Kudat MP (Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, also the Deputy Finance Minister) making statements blaming her ...
“Well, you are in Kudat not always in Pitas, right?
“Only those driven by politics and envy will not sit well to see villagers (like us) achieve some success, like supporters of the deputy ministers and the Kudat MP, ” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 8).
Mekvin said that as elected representatives, politicians have bigger responsibilities and were not supposed to pick and choose only those issues they liked and which suited them.
“You only have power because the people put it in your hands. However, you forsake the villagers who are still in need.
“And yet you want to pick a fight with a villager who is not even in your league.
“If you and the Deputy Minister (Zahidi) are truly elected representatives of the people, please come to the ground and enter all remote villages ... don’t play favourites with only some villages but go to all those under your jurisdiction, ” he added.
He also claimed that Rahim had got his information from someone who had issues with his family.
Rahim had deleted his Facebook post condemning Veveonah after he received flak for targeting a young lady instead of focusing on resolving the Internet connectivity issues at the Pitas district.