Sabah student breaks the Internet after climbing hill, tree for Wi-Fi signal to take exams

Veveonah Mosibin taking her online exams on the langsat tree under a mosquito net. Photo: Veveonah Mosibin / YouTube
Veveonah Mosibin taking her online exams on the langsat tree under a mosquito net. Photo: Veveonah Mosibin / YouTube

Veveonah Mosibin became an online sensation overnight after she uploaded a video of herself spending what she said was 24 hours in a tree to get good Internet connection so she could sit for her exams.

The 18-year-old student from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, or UMS, decided to spend the night in a langsat fruit tree located on top of a hill to sit for her Chemistry and Malaysian Studies exams on June 9 using her smartphone. It had to be taken online as campuses were closed to students since late April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Veveonah said she lives in the remote village of Sabanalang Pitas, located nearly 200km outside of Sabah’s state capital Kota Kinabalu, where “the environment is very dark” and people had to use their own electricity generators and candles. 

“So we need to climb the tree if we want strong internet connection during the examination,” she said in the 24 Hours On Tree | Challenge video that went up on YouTube Monday and watched 320,000 times ever since. She now has over 40,000 channel subscribers.

The clip showed her settling down on planks of wood that were placed on the tree’s branches. She was armed with her smartphone, power bank, a bottle of mineral water, a mosquito net, and three packets of linopod (leaf-wrapped rice), the clip showed. 

Around 24 hours later, Veveonah returned home in the morning at 7:30am. 

Everything seemed to go smoothly during her examinations except for when a hornet entered her mosquito net. After a few anxious minutes, Veveonah managed to coax it out.

Earlier in the clip, Veveonah said she had created a makeshift bamboo hut at the foot of the hill to take her exams. But it was sadly toppled during a storm.

Veveonah has uploaded six other videos to her YouTube channel, all showcasing what life is like in the remote Sabah village.

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