Sugarbook founder charged over sugar baby post


SHAH ALAM: The founder of a “sugar baby” dating site, which published a post boasting about sugar babies from 10 local universities, has been charged in court.

IT entrepreneur Chan Eu Boon, 34, better known as Darren Chan, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Sabreena Bakar @ Bahari here yesterday to publishing the post with the intention to cause public fear.

The founder of the site Sugarbook is accused of allegedly using a website, http://technave.com, to publish a post entitled “Top 10 Sugar Baby Universities in Malaysia” with the intention to cause fear or unrest to the public at 10am on Feb 10.

The post was viewed at a public university here at 6.26pm on the same day.

The charge under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to two years or fine or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Aliff Asraf Anuar Sharuddin proposed bail of RM100,000 because the offence involved public interest.

Lawyer T. Shashi Devan, who represented the accused, however, asked for a lower amount.

He said the amount was unreasonable and that his client was not a flight risk.

Facing the heat: Officers escorting Chan to Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court.Facing the heat: Officers escorting Chan to Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court.

The court fixed bail at RM10,000 in one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport to the court.

The case is fixed for mention on March 26.

The founder of the dating platform was arrested at a condominium in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 17.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat earlier said that police received 74 reports nationwide in connection with this case.

During the initial investigation, the suspect confessed to being the founder of Sugarbook.

On Feb 15, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked access to the Sugarbook website for allegedly breaching the law on the use of network facilities or services.

However, it was learnt that the Sugarbook developer then set up an alternative site to enable its users to access the blocked webpage.

Sugarbook matches “sugar daddies” to “sugar babies”, or older and generally more well-off men to young women in a largely financial arrangement.

MCMC had said it was monitoring and investigating Sugarbook and would take action against its users and platform owners should they violate the law.

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