Malaysian influencer and YouTuber Yang Bao Bei (杨宝贝) has left many devastated in the wake of her suicide attempt. On top of her suicide attempt, netizens brought to light some scams she had been running. YBB herself is currently in the hospital for treatment. However, her family members are struggling to deal with the fallout of her scams.
Netizens haven’t spared YBB’s friends from their wrath either. Some of them, including her close friend and fellow YouTuber Lim Shang Jin (林尚进) have been accused of being indifferent to her plight. Recently, Lim took to Instagram to discuss the matter.
Lim shared some comments he had gotten from various netizens accusing him of not caring about YBB. One netizen even asked “Why didn’t you stand up and speak for YBB?” Lim stated that because everyone knew the two were good friends, messages like these were coming in very often.
“If I can’t talk about it, I won’t mention it,” Lim wrote. While the YouTuber didn’t sound angry, he did sound tired. “Sometimes it’s not that I don’t want to help,” he admitted. “I don’t know how to help anymore.” He also added a tag underneath his message which said: “I sat next to her and waited until the firemen arrived.”
While netizens have been going after her friends, YBB’s victims are still coming out of the woodwork. Another victim recently came forward claiming YBB had borrowed RM3,000 from her. The victim stated she met YBB at the top 100 internet celebrity award two years ago. As an agent who contacts internet celebrities, the victim ran into YBB at several other events. They eventually exchanged contacts, but were not close.
Once in 2019, YBB tried to borrow about RM50,000 from the victim, but she did not lend any money to YBB. She later found out the reason for the borrowing. A year later, the victim contacted YBB to recommend a job to her. While they were chatting, YBB disclosed that her family had been scammed of money. “She asked to borrow RM3,000 for a different reason later,” the victim stated. Apparently, YBB claimed her uncle had just died from Covid-19 and she needed the money for funeral expenses. As it sounded urgent, the victim agreed to lend YBB the money.
Last week, the victim contacted YBB with another job, but did not receive a reply. However, she saw that YBB was selling a YouTube channel. She inquired into the matter and YBB stated she would repay the RM3,000 within two months. At that time, YBB told the victim that she was in the hospital. A few days later, the victim saw the news about her attempted suicide.
The victim urged everyone to not bully each other on the internet. She stated that if YBB did break the law, they can only wait for legal sanctions.
However, after posting her experience, netizens were in two minds about it. Some argued it was faked, while others gave her their support.