Recently, we covered an article about the Sugarbook founder who was arrested upon numerous accusations. You can read about it here.
And after a week from his arrest, he has been charged in the Magistrate’s court under statements that amounted to public mischief.
The founder, Chan Eu Boon who is 34 years-old however claimed trail to the offence when magistrate Sabreena [email protected] read it to him.
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The charge sheet had stated that Chan allegedly posted a controversial article on a famous tech website. The title was “Top 10 sugar baby university in Malaysia” and had intention of causing fear and alarm the public. The article was posted on https://technave.com on the 10th of February.
The offence done by him falls under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and carries a fine or a max imprisonment of 2 years or even both.
Aliff Asraf Anuar Sharuddin who is a deputy public prosecutor had asked the court to impose a bail amounting to RM100,000. However, councilman T.Shashi Devan had pleaded for a minimum bail as he was representing the accused.
As a minimum bail was requested, the court had set the bail to be at RM10,000 with one surety. Chan was requested to surrender his passport to the authorities until the end of the case. A mentioning will happen at the court on the 26th of March.
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had also blocked access to the website after a police report was lodged against the website. Th website had facilitated searches for “sugar daddies” and “sugar babies”
In a report by NST, it says that Malaysian university students had turned to the website in search of “sugar daddies” for easy money as they struggled with the cost of living and also tuition fees due to the movement control order (MCO).
It was claimed that the sugarbook website had an increase of 40% in students registering themselves as sugar babies. It was also revealed that there had been a total of 12,705 students of higher learning in the Klang Valley and two public universities registered with the platform.
Due to the “Top 10 sugar baby university in Malaysia” article, it had caused the #1 ranked university (Sunway University) to lash out their disappointment.
“We are truly disappointed about a recent article about a company that challenges the moral fabric of our community and of our youth,” university rep Elizabeth Lee.
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The top 2 categories of “sugar babies” are students and fresh graduates. The rest would be entrepreneurs, nurses, teachers, lawyers, waitresses, personal assistants, make-up artists, freelance models and pharmacists.
Well, justice has been served but now authorities will need to address all the other issues we have in Malaysia. What do you think of this? Let us know in the comments!
Credits to New Straits Times for the initial coverage.