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PETALING JAYA: Why are so many youngsters joining gangs? They have little choice, says one ex-gangster.
Raj (not his real name) says he was in Form 1 when he was approached by a boy in Form 5 and asked to join a gang.
When he refused, a group of boys waited outside the school to beat him up. He had no choice but to say “yes”.
“It was Gang 24,” he said. We had to pay a monthly fee of RM24. It was in the Batu Caves area and Gang 24 and Gang 36 were the most active there.
“You had to be in one or the other to survive. If you are on neither side, both gangs will beat you up.”
Along the way, the youngsters make fast bucks in the protection racket, pushing drugs and in robberies and thefts.
In cases of turf disputes in the past, Raj has seen one-on-one fights involving gangsters armed with parang.
“That was before. Now guns are aplenty. A Magnum 24 is going for RM2,500. You have to pay separately for the bullets,” Raj said.
“But these kids have money because they are pushing drugs. So, they buy guns and shoot others. There is no place for talks to settle disputes. It’s scary even for us.”
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