Sugarbook must be one of the top news that you heard of this week. Several events happened in just a few days and it could be the end of Sugarbook in Malaysia.
For those who have yet to hear about Sugarbook before, Sugarbook is Asia’s largest dating platform for sugar daddies and sugar babies. The whole saga starts with just a survey that they’ve shared on Facebook.
Results of Sugarbook’s survey
It was on 10 February when Sugarbook released the results of its survey and revealed that there were around 14,000 university students in Malaysia who have registered as Sugar baby through their application. The applications had been increasing as much as 40% since the outbreak of Covid-19 and Movement Control Order in Malaysia.
The results had went viral, while some were looking whether their university were on the list and some where commenting their views on students from these universities.
The matter went so serious that the CEO of Sunway Education Group issued a statement to clarify their stance on this matter and accused Sugarbook for being irresponsible for tarnishing the reputation of the good and sincere young minds for their own profit and gains.
As report by The Star, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary commented “This is something that is very sad for us. The application should be prevented from being used in our country as it encourages people to do things that are not right and violate the laws including syariah law.”
Investigations were being carried out immediately and meanwhile their website had been blocked by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Soon after Sugarbook’s website was blocked for content violates the laws of the country, Sugarbook founder, Darren Chan had been arrested during a raid at a plush condominium in Mont Kiara.
According to Selangor police CID chief SAC Datuk Fadzil Ahmat, Darren Chan is being investigated under the laws of the Penal Code related to soliciting for prostitution and for publishing a statement or rumour which can cause public fear or alarm. He will be probed for the misuse of network facilities under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 too.
On the day, Darren Chan had released his statement saying that they are not in a position to do more at this time and believes that the Malaysian government know what’s best for its citizens.
Rape & Prostitution Investigation
On 18 February, Darren Chan was rearrested by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to facilitate the investigations for rape and prostitution.
As reported in Harian Metro, PDRM had received a report from a student of an institute of higher learning (IPT) and Darren Chan had been their suspect. He was being arrested to facilitate investigation under Section 376 and 372 of the Penal Code.
However, he was being released after the High Court rejected the application from PDRM to remand him as he promised to give his full cooperation to the police.
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