It was not long before the issue of Veveonah Mosibin once again made media headlines.
On September 7, Kudat MP and Deputy Minister of Finance I, Abdul Rahim Bakri posted a statement on Facebook, criticizing the Sabahan student and accusing her of climbing a tree to take up an online examination as a publicity stunt.
Abdul Rahim Bakri was cited by the deputy minister of Communications and Multimedia Zahidi Zainul Abidin earlier, apparently informing the latter that Veveonah did not have any examinations on the day she uploaded her video.
However, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Board of Directors chairman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun on September 8, verified that Veveonah did indeed sit for her final semester examinations via the Internet in June.
It is noticeable that during this crucial time, UMS Chairman, @MasidiM appear as the one to control the netizens perception towards the issue, being connected to most of the clusters
The tweet gained almost 12K retweets and 12K likes.
Consequently, the Kudat MP deleted his post, however, has yet to come out with an official public apology.
While the snap election is fast approaching, the current situation with Veveonah has somewhat tainted the image the Perikatan Nasional coalition in Sabah.
Further, it gives the opportunity for the politicians from the other side of the spectrum to ride on the narrative of the issue in order to win the election.
Since the issue erupted, many opposition politicians have voiced out their concerns over the issue including Hannah Yeoh, Lim Guan Eng, Fahmi Fadzil, Syed Saddiq and Nik Nazmi.