On 30th April, Malaysian influencer and YouTuber Yang Bao Bei (杨宝贝) came clean about her gambling addiction, which led to her scamming people and eventually a suicide attempt. While her fans have been mostly understanding of her situation, they have not been kind to her friends.
Yesterday (1st May), six of them shared their side of the story to clarify their situation to netizens. Prior to YBB’s admission, her friends would receive messages asking why they weren’t doing anything to help her. Some stated they would not speak about it until YBB had explained the situation herself. After YBB’s apology and public explanation on 30th April, six of them have broken their silence about the matter.
The six involved in the video were YouTubers Charles Tee, Lim Shang Jin, Tan Yii Yii, her YouTube business partners Chord and Kay, and her bubble tea business partner Sky. The six explained they knew YBB was addicted to gambling since last year. All six have lent money to her with the amount averaging ten thousands to hundred thousands. YBB initially lied to them, telling them she needed to borrow money for a business matter. She also discredited some of them and used her father’s death in order to gain sympathy to swindle more money.
YouTuber Yii Yii shared that Yang Bao Bei had stolen her phone and IC during a private event in order to borrow more money from loan sharks. Her YouTube business partner Kay revealed she had cheated clients of their money. However, once they found out that YBB was heavily involved in gambling and borrowing from loan sharks, they stopped helping her.
The six explained they had confronted her, but she showed no remorse. Additionally, the YouTuber guilt tripped them by saying if she was sent to jail, she would attempt suicide again. YBB’s YouTube business partner Chord also disclosed two other influencers who were helping YBB with her scams. The duo were Agnes Ma, YBB’s alleged best friend and Ma’s boyfriend, Chris Hoo.
According to Chord, the couple deleted all evidence of their involvement in the scams on their mobile phones after YBB’s attempted suicide. They tried to excuse themselves from the incident and allowed YBB to be their scapegoat. Chord stated they have managed to save evidence of YBB and the couple’s crimes. That evidence has been handed over to the police.
Only one question remains for Yang Bao Bei herself, at the moment. Was everything worth it?
Watch their explanation here: