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Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 7:27:42 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Running to Thailand to get their tattoos removed is not going to get gangsters off the hook.
For those who have managed to evade arrest so far, masking their tattoos or removing them may not be as easy as they think.
The police say they have ways of identifying gang members even if their tattoos are removed.
“Removing tattoos may even make it easier for us to identify them,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who declined to reveal how they would do it.
Khalid said four suspected gangsters who were trying to cross the border at Bukit Kayu Hitam last week were likely going to have their tattoos removed. They were arrested instead.
He said the police were tightly monitoring both legal and illegal exit points to make sure gangsters did not slip through.
Ops Cantas Khas, launched last month, has seen over 4,000 gangsters arrested in the nationwide crackdown.
Khalid also said the anti-gang operation was also being run simultaneously with operations to flush out illegal immigrants.
This comes after inspections at workers’ quarters in Penang found signs painted on doors, suspected to be gang signs.
“It is possible that foreigners are involved in secret societies, too.
“If any are found to be part of gangs, they will be dealt with using the full extent of the law,” said Khalid.
He added that the police would assume authority over the suspects from the Immigration Department, which is conducting the nationwide deportation exercise.
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