Police arrest Sugarbook founder

Police arrest Sugarbook founder
February 18 --THE founder of dating app, Sugarbook, which was banned by Putrajaya, was arrested by police yesterday and will be remanded today for further investigation.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat said the 34-year-old founder of Asia’s largest sugar daddy dating platform, was arrested at the Icon Residence compound in Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon.

“Selangor police have arrested a man at the Icon Residence. The suspect, with the address of Minden Heights in Gelugor, Penang, will be remanded today at the Shah Alam court,” Fadzil said in a statement.

Fadzil said initial investigations found the man had claimed to be the founder of Sugarbook.

“The arrest of this case was made in accordance with Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, Section 372(b) of the same code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.

Section 505(b) of the Penal Code is used to investigate offences of committing public treason with the intention of causing fear to the public.

It carries a maximum jail term of two years, a fine or both.

Section 372b of the Penal Code is used to investigate the offence of committing prostitution, which carries a maximum one year’s jail, a fine or both.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 provides for the improper use of network facilities or services.

To date, 74 police reports have been lodged pertaining to this case.

Sugarbook is a website and mobile app platform established on the concept of “sugar dating”.

The term is loosely used to describe relationships in which financial support is exchanged for romantic companionship, which may or may not involve sexual intercourse.

Last week, Sugarbook, revealed a 40% spike in sign-ups among university students to pay off tuition fees, household and living expenses.

Police initiated investigations into the 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.

On Tuesday, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked the online dating platform after a meeting with Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad.

Noraini had said in a Facebook post her ministry and MCMC had agreed to act against the website.