The news of sugar babies and sugar daddies in Malaysia has taken the country by storm. While many are horrified and surprised, some artists have stepped forward to say this: It’s been happening for a long time.
Bunga Isme and Farisha Irish reveal that they knew people growing up who were sugar babies. Some of these individuals were struggling in life and decided the ‘shortcut’ would be to disregard their dignity and become sugar babies.
Bunga Isme, otherwise known as Noor Ayu Fatini (21) states there were those among her friend groups who got involved in the business when they were in high school. They mainly wanted to change the cards that life dealt them. One friend in particular started dabbling in the business as early as 17 years old. “She told me it was to pay for school and tuition fees. I am not in a position to judge,” Bunga states. “But it does prove that there is something wrong with the social and cultural ladder of our society.”
At that time, her friend was being neglected as a result of her family splitting up. As such, she relied on her sugar daddy to continue schooling. “We were close then. She told me, when we were sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), that she knew a ‘sugar daddy’ who promised her all kinds of things,” Bunga recalled. “She said, just by letting him hold her private part, she could get at least RM500 easily. Imagine if she did things that were more daring.”
Bunga adds that the friend’s mother knew what her daughter was involved in, but she said nothing. “Anything can happen when you live in a metropolis like Kuala Lumpur,” Bunga said. “She told her parents that she was doing immoral things but they closed their eyes to it.” To her, the current situation is like a tumour that was left unchecked and is fully capable of destroying society. “The authorities must be aware of what is happening. There is something wrong with our system and society,” she stressed.
Farisha Iris Asmadi (22) or Farisha Irish on the other hand, disclosed she knew a friend who was labelled as a ‘sugar baby’ while studying in university. The former “Idola Kecil” contestant believes students want to achieve luxury quickly as they experience difficulties in life.
“Among my friends, there were those who became sugar babies because they needed money. They didn’t show off their wealth but people knew they were involved in the business because they were able to rent a house, unlike the other students who lived on campus,” she said. Farisha Irish honestly believes they should not have done so. “As a student who seeks knowledge, find other, better ways to earn income,” she advises.
In light of the recent accusations regarding sugar babies in universities and the sheer amount of people reportedly engaging in the business, MCMC has banned access to Sugarbook, an app for sugar babies.