Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong has followed up with the help for treetop girl, Veveonah Motisin.
In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, Junz said his officer Mr. Jobit from the Sabah Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and local community leader Mr. Maklin Masiau has paid a visit to Veveonah Mosibin and family over the weekend.
“The intention of the visit is to carry out follow up tests on the suitability of the area to build a bird’s nest house.”
“The results are very positive. The place is very suitable to build a bird’s nest house.”
He elaborated, “when Mr. Jobit amplified the sound of switflets, many swiftlets were attracted to the area. It can be seen as shown in the attached photos.”
A few photos of switflets circling the vicinity were also attached in the posting.
On accusations by Abdul Rahim Bakri, the PPBM Kudat MP cum Deputy Finance Minister’s accusations that Veveonah and family does not stay there, he said “UMNO and PPBM are wrong to say that Veveonah is a lying attention seeker.”
“The fact is, Veveonah and family actually stays in that Kampung. Her father taps rubber to stipulate the family’s income. They live in a tough condition in the most rural areas of Pitas. There are photos and videos as proof.”
A few photos of Veveonah’s house and rubber trees surrounding it were also uploaded in the posting.
Junz who is also caretaker Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry said, Veveonah and family are among the qualified Sabahans for the government’s free bird’s nest house programme.
“Veveonah’s fighting spirit and her resilience in wanting to improve the living conditions of her family and villagers have touched my heart. This spirit and resilience I think, should be emulated by Sabahans so that we may all progress and uplift our living standards together as Sabahans.”
“Through this bird’s nest house, Veveonah and family may one day venture into the lucrative bird’s nest industry, just like the 150 other recipients who got their free bird’s nest house in 2019.”
“Depending on grade, bird’s nest can fetch between RM8,000 to RM20,000. This is indeed a very very lucrative industry.”
He also said Pitas has good potential for swiftlet farming.
“To Veveonah’s benefit, the geographical location of Pitas is also very suitable for swiftlet farming. Swiftlets are attracted to the Pitas area and it can be a bird’s nest hub.”
Responding to accusations that this is an election ploy, he said that this has been running throughout Warisan’s administration.
“150 poorest and most marginalised Sabahans have received their bird’s nest houses in 2019.”
“There were no elections then.”
“I have even posted on Facebook and shared on WhatsApp a video called #CeritaOrangSabah last week. These are testimonies by the recipients of the bird’s nest house. There are names of the participants, name of the villages, application dates, recipient dates. You can see the house, see the birds, see the nest. These participants even shared how this Warisan-led Sabah Government has changed their lives through empowerment programmes.”
He concluded that the Opposition are running out of ideas to criticise the current administration.
“Just look at PCS. They claim to be pro-Sabahan. But instead of backing Veveonah, they are siding with UMNO and PPBM who insulted Veveonah.”
“Sabahans can see where they truly stand.”