SEBERANG PERAI – A secret society which tried to recruit new gangster members by hiding behind a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Seberang Jaya has been exposed.
The exposure was made after the police raided a luxury restaurant yesterday.
A raid was conducted at 9.30 pm by a team of police from the Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) from the Penang Police Headquarters and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from the Seberang Perai Tengah Police Headquarters.
The CID Chief of Penang, Senior Assistant Commissioner Rahimi Ra’ais said that the raid was conducted after the police suspected that a secret society was trying to hide behind an NGO attempted to revive their influence in the North of Malaysia, including Kedah and Perlis.
According to him, the gang used an NGO name to hide from the authorities.
“In the raid, we arrested 40 men aged between 22 and 56 years-old from this state, Kedah and Perlis.
“During the raid, they (suspects) were having an ice-breaking session and enrolling new members.
“Besides that, the investigation also found that eight of detainees had secret society tattoo on their body,” he said when contacted by MalaysiaGazette today.
The also seized 56 mobile phones, two rings, a necklace and a pair earrings with the logo of the gang.
Elaborating further, Rahimi said that all suspects have been remanded for further action.
The case is investigated under Section 43 of the Societies Act 1966 (Penalties on member of unlawful society). Upon conviction, they are punishable with a maximum of three years in prison or fined not more than RM5,000 or both. -MalaysiaGazette