Malaysian 'sugar baby' donates monthly allowance to hospital treating coronavirus patients
The former air stewardess, identified only as 'Natalie', donated 8,000 ringgit ($1,841) in person at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, The Malay Mail reported earlier this week.
The 28-year-old woman said she made the donation after worrying about frontliner medical workers who were dealing with the health crisis.
"Having been through many of life's challenging circumstances, I for one know what it is like going through hardships, although I cannot quite imagine the levels of turmoil these medical frontliners are enduring with barely enough time to take care of themselves or even enjoy a simple meal to begin with," she was quoted as saying.
Supplies and equipment bought with the donated funds were received by the hospital's corporate social responsibility representative, Dr Ainul Husna, who was also pictured with Natalie.
Natalie reportedly met her 38-year-old "sugar daddy" via an online app in 2017.
In making the donation, she also urged her fellow Malaysians to obey government orders and to do their part by staying at home.
News of the donation caused a stir online, with some questioning whether the story was, in fact, an advertising ruse by the sugar dating app.
"Is this an advert for Sugarbook?" wrote one Twitter user, referring to the app that Natalie had reportedly used to meet her entrepreneur sugar daddy.
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"Is @malaymail promoting the app or the news? Is this a paid advertisement or Malaysia's new normal?" wrote another.
Malaysia confirmed its first novel coronavirus case in January and has since recorded a total of 4,683 infections.
The Southeast Asian country has reported a total of 76 deaths resulting from Covid-19, based on the latest figures released by the WHO.