I think many of us have heard by now of the Malaysian student who spent 24 hours in a tree just to get a good internet connection to complete her online exams.
Armed with a phone, powerbank, water, some food, mosquito netting, and additional exam materials, Veveonah Mosibin’s video of camping in a tree overnight went viral soon after she posted it.
The Sabah native, a foundation student at the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), had to encounter an unfortunate collapse of her hut, weird night time jungle sounds, and even a giant hornet in order to complete a day of exams.
Though I have to say, she got a very entertaining video out of it, which has since earned her channel more than 1,000 subscribers nearly overnight.
Since then, there have been improvements.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had released a statement saying that they’ll be working on building a new telecommunication tower to improve connectivity in Veveonah’s area of Pitas, Sabah.
The communications regulatory body conducted a visit and check up on the villages on June 15 and found that the telecommunication tower near Veveonah’s village had 3G connection and was enough for students to take their examinations online.
However, a much higher coverage is needed for streaming activities and everything else.
The newly-announced telco tower will allow for 4G connection and is expected to be ready by the second quater of 2021.
When contacted by Rojak Daily, Veveonah said she was pleased to hear about the telco tower plans.
“I’m happy and I’m touched that some parties are taking action to improve the infrastructure in our village, especially internet connectivity,” she said in a WhatsApp conversation.
She was also grateful that people in her village will soon be able to enjoy better internet usage.
“The children and students living in the village will also be eager to continue with their studies as (better internet) will allow them to look for information easily when it comes to research and their studies,” she said.
But Malaysians on Twitter have raised a question: Why did it take a student’s plight going viral to have government officials realize the needs of its people?
Wow the power of “kuasa viral”. Kalau her video nda viral, memang semua boss besar diam seja tau pic.twitter.com/NkRS8ofVYf
— Onna. (@onnaaamary) June 18, 2020
“Wow the power of “viral power”. If her video didn’t go viral, the big bosses would have just stayed silent and not do anything.”
A Sabah student who stays overnight in tree, in the year of 2020, is not a romantic story of struggle, and should never be romanticized as such. It’s a story of corruption of people in The Office and them evil. Period.
— Pami (@fahmimustaffa) June 17, 2020
So sekarang ni satu-persatu kisah macam ni kena naik dan viral baru kerajaan nak ambil peduli? Mana MP kawasan masing-masing? It should be a collective effort and not isolated.
— Friends of DG Hisham (@n3yrsmov) June 18, 2020
“So now that one story of this have become viral, only then will the government care and take notice? What about the other MP areas?”
“tAk PaYah LaH vIraL kAn IsU tU, rEp0Rt jE La dI SaLUraN yAnG BeTuL” https://t.co/WwY8bP0n3I
— Khairul Aqmal (@KhairulAqmal) June 19, 2020
“You don’t need to make the issue go viral, just report through the right channels,” a Twitter user mocked others who have criticized Veveonah’s video.