'Sugar baby' reports disappointing, unjustly cast doubts on morality of students: Sunway Education Group CEO

Dr. Elizabeth Lee. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Reports in various online portals claiming that students from Malaysia’s top public and private universities are "sugar babies" are disappointing, says Prof Dr Elizabeth Lee.

The Sunway Education Group chief executive officer said the reports are an “inaccurate reflection of the country's students and respectable institutions of higher education”.

The reports unjustly cast aspersions on the morality and decency of our students and the wider education community, she said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb 10) in response to online reports about the country’s alleged top 10 "sugar baby" universities.

“We are truly disappointed that an irresponsible company is willing to tarnish the good and sincere work of so many young minds for their own profit and gain in these challenging times.

“We condemn their attempts to encourage youth to partake in immorality, normalise this notion and disregard the mental health impact this causes, ” she said.

The company and reports undermined “our collective efforts in nurturing good citizens and developing a progressive nation”, she added.

She said the varsity is fully supportive of all its students and their achievements in academia, sports and beyond.

“Parents, we stand with you and continue to be on hand to offer our support and condemnation of any negative portrayal of our loved ones, ” she said, adding that Sunway University students are “hardworking, dedicated and deserve better" than than the negative portrayal of them as “sugar babies”.

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