KUALA LUMPUR: A police report has been lodged over the so-called increase of university and college students in Klang Valley using an application to find sugar daddies.
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the report was lodged by a public institution of higher learning.
"We have already opened an investigation paper after receiving the report.
"We have contacted the institution's management to get further among its students.
"In fact, we urge other universities or colleges to report the matter to the police if they have such information," he said when contacted on Sunday (Feb 14).
Comm Huzir said he has instructed the CID's Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) unit (D3) and the anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7) to investigate the matter further.
"We have also started an investigation by checking the application (Sugarbook) to identify the activities that might lead to prostitution.
"We are investigating under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for making statements that lead to public alarm and distress as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities.
"We are conducting an investigation under Section 372 of the Penal Code for prostitution," he added.
It was reported that Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary had called for the "Sugarbook" application to be blocked as it is allegedly used by several tertiary institution students to look for sugar daddies.
He said if this was really happening among the students, the government should take stern action against those involved, especially the "Sugarbook" operators.
Sugarbook claims that an increasing number of public and private university students in this country have been using its app to look for sugar daddies to earn easy money in solving their financial problems, especially during this trying Covid-19 pandemic.
Sugarbook is also said to be the biggest sugar daddy-sugar baby dating service in Asia.