KUCHING, Sept 9: A Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader is challenging Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders to push for Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s resignation for calling Veveonah Mosibin “tree girl”.
Michael Kong, Special Assistant to DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said it was very disheartening to hear Annuar, a minister from Umno, label Veveonah such.
“This term is very derogatory and (it was) uttered with upmost arrogance, typical of Umno and BN politicians.
“I urge our Sarawak representatives from GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) to come out and condemn all this. If GPS is really true in its intentions to run this government properly, then push for the resignation of these people and appoint better qualified politicians.
“Take a stand for Sabahans; our fellow East Malaysian brothers and sisters,” said Kong in a press statement today.
Annuar has in his Twitter called Veveonah “tree girl”.
“Viveonnah Mosibin@tree girl issue should be an eye opener for us..accept reality that still many villages esp in the interior of Sabah n Swak need better infrastructure facilities incl better communication network..Work on it and stop being in denial..” said Annuar in his Twitter yesterday.
His naming of Sabahan lass Veveonah has drawn flak from netizens as well as Pakatan Harapan representatives.
Kong called it embarrassing that the Perikatan Nasional government was allowing “irresponsible” and “immature” ministers and deputy ministers to run the country because their support was needed to keep the prime minister in power.
He also condemned two deputy PN ministers for their mishandling of Veveonah’s YouTube posting.
“Due to this thirst for power, we have deputy ministers like (Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister) Zahidi Zainul Abidin who shamelessly accused Veveonah Morsibin, a Sabahan youth who went on YouTube to share her experience of having to climb a tree just for internet connectivity in order for her to sit for her examinations, as a liar desperate for YouTube views.
“This deputy minister has since confirmed that he relied on unverified information from another Deputy Minister, Abdul Rahim Bakri to make such accusations.
“After it was confirmed that they were, in fact, wrong, they have since gone on a crusade against Veveonah on social media and in the press.
“How can a representative of the country commit to behaving in such a manner? On top of the cyber-bullying, it is an issue about going on record with false information. This incompetence cannot be tolerated. What if these Deputy Ministers are overseas on official duty and irresponsibly use false and unverified information when representing Malaysia?” Kong questioned.—DayakDaily