[UPDATED] Sugarbook Founder Arrested, Police Investigating For Prostitution Exploitation
Sugarbook recently released a list of Top 10 Sugar Baby Universities In Malaysia.
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UPDATE: Sugarbook’s founder has been released from police custody today after failing to obtain a remand order from the High Court.
The founder of the controversial sugar dating site Sugarbook has been arrested by the police.
According to The Sun Daily, he was detained at a plush condominium in Mont Kiara around 4.30 pm for police investigations under 4 different laws:
- Section 505 of the Penal Code (Statements conducing to public mischief)
- Section 372(1)(d) of the Penal Code (Exploiting any person for purposes of prostitution)
- Section 372B of the Penal Code (Soliciting for purposes of prostitution)
- Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Improper use of network facilities or network service, etc)
Selangor police CID chief SAC Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said that the suspect had admitted to being the founder of the dating website and investigators will seek a remand order today to detain the man for further investigations.
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How did it get here?
The subject of sugar baby and sugar daddies suddenly popped up earlier this February.
First came reports citing Seeking Arrangement claiming that Malaysia is home to 42,500 affluent “sugar daddies” – the third highest in Asia. Then, came an infographic released by Sugarbook listing down the Top 10 Sugar Baby Universities in Malaysia which sparked a firestorm online.
Sunway University, which was alleged to have the most number of sugar babies, released a statement condemning the information, while Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) lodged a police report denying the allegation.
Malaysiakini reports that some 74 police reports have been made against Sugarbook.
The Sugarbook website was also blocked earlier this week by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for violation of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA).
READ MORE: MCMC Blocks Controversial Sugar Dating Website Sugarbook After Backlash
Interestingly, Sugarbook is under a company called Sovrnt Ltd which is registered in Cyprus though the 34-year-old founder is from Penang.
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