MPs who spread misleading information should be referred to the parliamentary rights and privileges committee, said Liew Chin Tong.
The senator is the latest politician to demand disciplinary action against Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin for calling a Sabah student a liar.
“Members of the house such as the deputy communications and multimedia minister who furnish false information should be warned and (handed over to) the rights committee,” he said, referring to parliament’s rights and privileges committee.
Liew was speaking during the debate on the royal address in Dewan Negara.
Zahidi said last week that Veveonah Mosibin, who had spent the night in a tree in order to get internet access for an online exam was lying about the exam and seeking attention.
Although he subsequently apologised, he yesterday blamed Deputy Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri for the misinformation.
Rahim is the MP for Kudat, the constituency where Veveonah’s village is located.
Rahim said he had investigated Veveonah’s claims in her YouTube video and found them to be untrue after talking with a village chief and a university faculty member.
Both deputy ministers have been slammed on social media for attempting to discredit the girl while failing to address the real problem of lack of internet connectivity in interior Sabah.
Liew’s DAP colleague, Lim Guan Eng earlier said the two deputy ministers’ bullying of Veveonah was to divert attention away from the failure of Perikatan Nasional to implement the national fibre and connectivity plan (NFCP) in Sabah.
Lim condemned Zahidi and Rahim for their refusal to talk about the NFCP status and persistent attacks on the the Universiti Malaysia Sabah student.
Meanwhile, another DAP Senator Adrian Lasimbang said the deputy ministers have insulted Sabahans in their persistent attempts to discredit a student while disregarding real concerns about the digital divide.
Lasimbang said 18-year-old Veveonah had given a true picture of the problem of lack of internet access in Sabah’s rural villages. – TMI