Yang Bao Bei (杨宝贝) has been trying to make up for her mistakes. After her gambling debt drove her to scams and later suicide, YBB is in the midst of cleaning up her act.
Since apologising to the public on 30th April, the Malaysian influencer and YouTuber has promised to make amends. She’s been busy refunding her victims with the help of her friends and family. This time, she promises that the money she’s returning was obtained through legal channels.
According to China Press, YBB has currently repaid over RM200,000 to those she wronged. However, it turns out that was only the first batch. A family friend revealed another batch of victims appeared after the first, asking for their refunds. This troubled YBB’s family as initially, they had asked all the victims to contact them, hoping they could quickly sort and process refunds. They announced the refund as soon as they discovered YBB had been scamming others. However, some victims held back apparently. They opted to wait and see if the other victims got their money back before contacting the family. YBB’s friends who were assisting her also felt frustrated. Local internet celebrity DJ Leng Yein even asked why they hadn’t spoken up earlier.
Nonetheless, YBB still has more debts to clear. According to the family friend, YBB and her family were unable to refund all the victims at once. They had to request more time to repay the money. The influencer is done running however, she’s buckling down to give back all she owes. “Currently, YBB is actively looking for work to make money,” the 39-year-old businessman said. “(She) promised her family members she will prioritise repaying the debts and do so as soon as money is available.” The money made from the jobs will go straight to her family members for the debts. YBB has also promised not to travel or live luxuriously until everything has been paid off. The family member stated she only has enough for basic expenses.
Sadly, while YBB is doing her best, she is still encountering obstacles. YBB is looking for jobs to do with advertising and endorsements. The family friend was pleased to report that people are willing to give her a chance. Many have been actively approaching and introducing jobs to her. However, her controversy has become a double edged sword. While it has made her incredibly well-known, it also gives the customers incentive to take advantage of her, knowing how desperate she is. They often ask her to lower her price and be “a little cheaper”. Yet YBB has no complaints, she knows she needs to work with what she has.
Her earnestness seems to be paying off. One of her victims decided to retract his police report after she refunded him. The victim in question is another local YouTuber known as Not Simon. He bought a YouTube channel from YBB for RM10,000 but realised something was wrong when he couldn’t access it. Not Simon mentioned in his latest video that the retraction does not mean he approves of fraud, or that he was compromising for YBB.
Although the public and YBB’s victims wholeheartedly believe in her change, her friends are more wary. On 1st May, six of them got together and broke their silence about YBB’s scams. They revealed some shocking information and claimed they had evidence. However, it was not mentioned where they got the evidence from. According to YBB’s family friend, the information and evidence was obtained from YBB’s phone. Prior to her detainment, YBB had given the phone to one of the six for safekeeping. They have since returned it.
“When they shot the video, they only chose and publicised what was beneficial to them,” the family friend said. “In fact, if they wanted to reveal the matter, they should have revealed everything.” He helpfully provided an example, explaining that after stealing one of her friend’s phones, YBB had asked a mutual friend for help in unlocking it. But they apparently left that part out because one of the six had a close relationship with the person. This made him suspicious of their motives. The family friend mentioned he had spoken to all parties involved, including the six, but still had reservations as to whether their actions were right. He admitted that the whole picture is not as simple as it seems on the surface.
Watch Not Simon’s video here:
We hope YBB continues endeavouring to pay off all her debts. Her dedication and determination is truly something to behold.