Saifuddin admits his Deputy made a mistake about Veveonah

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Veveonah Mosibin Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah examining the Tanjak exhibited in conjunction with the Merdeka Tanjak Programme in Putrajaya. PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 4 SEPTEMBER 2020
Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah examining the Tanjak exhibited in conjunction with the Merdeka Tanjak Programme in Putrajaya. PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 4 SEPTEMBER 2020

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

PUTRAJAYA – Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdulah said that his deputy had made a mistake while answering the question at Dewan Negara about Veveonah Mosibin.

He said, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin had immediately confessed his mistake and apologised to the student, Veveonah.

According to him, he has also read the response from the student after his deputy made an open apology.

“To me, that was a mistake and he has apologised. He (Zahidi) also said that he will rectify the answer as it was recorded in the handsard,” he said when met by media practitioners during an exhibition on tanjak at his ministry today.

Earlier, he was asked if the ministry would take actions against Zahidi over the matter after his statement went viral in the social media.

Last Monday, Zahidi was reported saying that based on an investigation by his ministry, Veveonah was not sitting for her examination when her video went viral after she had to climb a tree to get internet connection. Her action was then recorded and shared on the social media.

Nevertheless, Zahidi then made an apology through his Facebook post and alleged that he did not get the accurate information about the matter when he answered the supplementary question in the Dewan Negara.

Elaborating further, Saifuddin said that the ministry is upgrading the migration of connectivity through the Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA) nationwide, including Sabah and Sarawak as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin lately.

According to Saifuddin, it would involve the migration from 2G to 3G and from 4G and the second phase to 5G.

“Thus, we are increasing the reach for rural areas and we are taking into factor the Covid-19 pandemic and such,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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