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Selangor police chief Deputy Comm A Thaiveegan has advised gangsters to give up their evil ways and pray. He has also directed his men to arrest anyone involved in the funeral processions of gang members.
SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have been directed to arrest anyone involved in the funeral processions of gang members.
Such gang members should instead embrace religion and pray at the temples, besides respecting life and laws, said acting Selangor police chief Deputy Comm A. Thaiveegan.
He said those who took part in the processions would be dealt with sternly.
“I have told my men to take action against those involved in the processions as well as public alcohol consumption and the lighting of firecrackers.
“Such activities are a nuisance to motorists besides also disturbing the families who are mourning for the dead,” he told The Star yesterday.
He said these individuals who had “lost their way” should return to the community and re-embrace religion.
“Go to the temple and pray, read the Thirukkural which teaches the simplicity and truths of everyday life,” he said.
DCP Thaiveegan said police arrested 183 people last weekend for various offences, including drugs, theft and burglary.
“Most of these crimes are usually done by organised criminals and we are out to get them,” he said.
He said it was the time now for gangsters to change their ways.
“If they have difficulty leaving their gangs, they can approach their local OCPD for assistance,” he said, adding they could also approach him for help.
“They do not realise the hurt they cause to their victims and their own families,” he said when met at his office yesterday.
DCP Thaiveegan said the community, schools and parents must also play a bigger part in weeding out bad behaviour from an early age.
“It is a common fact that gangs recruit members from schools. Teachers and parents must pay attention to the children,” he said.
He said giving troubled youth counselling, teaching them about religion and inculcating moral values could possibly help them to make better decisions.
“These individuals need to know that their actions give the Indian community a bad name,” he said.
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