Darren Chan, founder and CEO of Sugarbook: Charged with inciting mischief over ‘Sugar Babies’ claims…


Sugarbook founder charged with inciting mischief over ‘Sugar Babies’ claims

24 FEB 2021 / 14:23 H

SHAH ALAM, Feb 24:The founder of the Sugarbook application was charged in the Magistrate’s Court today with publishing statements conducive to public mischief on social media on Feb 10.

The accused, Chan Eu Boon, 34, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out to him before Magistrate Sabreena Bakar @ Bahari.

According to the charge sheet, the accused was accused of committing the offence on Feb 10, at about 10 am by using a website to publish an article entitled ‘Top 10 Sugar Baby University in Malaysia’. The post was seen at a public university here on the same day, at about 6.26 pm.

Chan, an information technology entrepreneur, was charged with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public, or any section of the public that any person may be induced to commit an offence against public order through such publication.

He was charged under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code which provides a maximum jail term of two years or a fine, or both, if convicted.

Deputy public prosecutor Aliff Asraf Anuar Sharuddin prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyers T. Shashi Devan and Pauling Hee.

The court set RM10,000 bail in one local surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport until the disposal of the case. The court also set March 26 for mention.- Bernama



SHAH ALAM: Sugarbook founder Chan Eu Boon pleaded not guilty at the magistrates’ court here today to making misleading statements over registered “sugar babies” on its social media platform.

Chan, also known as Darren Chan, was slapped with one charge under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.

He was alleged to have used the website technave.com to publish a post, titled “Top 10 Sugar Baby Universities in Malaysia”, with the intention to cause public mischief.




High Court rejects bid to remand Sugarbook founder

Bernama -February 18, 2021 2:24 PM

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has rejected an application to remand the founder of sugar daddy dating platform Sugarbook.

Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong, representing the 34-year-old suspect, said deputy registrar Noorasyikin Sahat dismissed the application after his client pledged to give his full cooperation to facilitate police investigation in a case.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department head Fadzil Ahmat had said the man, from Minden in Gelugor, Penang, was arrested at 4.30pm yesterday at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

Police are understood to have initiated an investigation into the dating website after it named 10 public and private universities as having the most students who chose to become “sugar babies” and sought “sugar daddies” to finance their lifestyles.



Top Sugarbook exec arrested for solicitation of prostitution, network abuse

Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 08:32 AM MYT


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Selangor police have arrested a senior executive of the Sugarbook “compensated dating” service on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution and abusing network facilities.

Selangor police CID chief SAC Datuk Fadzil Ahmat confirmed the arrest that took place at 4.30pm yesterday at the Icon Residence on Persiaran Dutamas, according to The Sun Daily.

Fadzil said the police would seek a remand order for the executive today for investigations launched under Section 372 (B) of the Penal Code for the solicitation of prostitution and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) for misuse of network facilities.

On Monday, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked access to Sugarbook after issuing a statement warning users against the service and said action would be taken if authorities detected elements of prostitution.

The next day, however, Sugarbook launched an alternative website for its users and provided instructions on how to circumvent the MCMC ban.

Sugarbook describes itself as a platform where “romance meets finance”, which has been interpreted as a euphemism for trading sex for payment and among reasons why authorities here have warned against it.

The company insists that it is not involved in any form of prostitution and that any transactions between its users are entirely voluntary.

The company hit controversy recently over promotional material that implied that many of its “sugar babies”, the young women who exchange their companionship in return for financial compensation, were from local universities.



The founder of controversial online dating platform Sugarbook was arrested by the police yesterday.

In a statement, Selangor Crime Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat said the 34-year-old man was arrested in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, about 4.30pm.

“The suspect admitted he was the founder of the Sugarbook app during preliminary investigations,” Fadzil said.

The police will apply to the Shah Alam Magistrates Court today for the man to be remanded.

The police are investigating Sugarbook under four 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 purpose of prostitution) and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Improper use of network facilities or network service, etc).

Sugarbook is a phone application that offers dating services between younger women and older men, but there has been concern over the transactional deals.

Hong Kong-based media South China Morning Post previously reported that sex solicitation was rife on the application but Sugarbook claims it actively combats vice and exploitation.

The application came into the spotlight recently after it released a survey showing which local public and private higher learning institutions had the most students as “sugar babies” on the platform.

The public relations stunt led to censure and the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has since banned Sugarbook’s website.

Sugarbook last landed in a controversy in 2019 over a billboard advertisement.

This had prompted the removal of the advertisement and calls for the service to be shut down, but the public outcry soon died out and the service continued to be readily accessible.





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