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Saturday September 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by sira habibu
PETALING JAYA: Ops Cantas Khas, aimed at crippling the underworld, will soon move into Phase 3 – to nab the kingpins and subsequently freeze their assets.
Since the operation was launched on Aug 17, police have screened more than 170,000 suspects, nabbed 7,200 gangsters and seized 255 weapons under Phases I and 2.
The kingpins being hunted down are the masterminds behind the 49 gangs in the country that have been declared unlawful under the Societies Act 1966.
The Home Ministry had last month released the names of the gangs as part of a huge operation to check violent crime.
Among them are Gang 04, Gang 08, Gang 18, Gang 24, Gang 36, Double 7, Ang Soon Thong, Wah Kee, Sio Sam Ong, PNEH, Hong Hong San, Hai San, Sing Ang Bin, Jit It Hai, Sio Koon Tong, Gee Lam Kor, Tiang Yee Tong, Geng Lee Hor, ATAP and Otai. The gangs are involved in extortion, murder, drug trafficking, gambling and other criminal activities.
Many of them also use legitimate businesses such as sundry shops and entertainment outlets as a front to launder money gained from their illegal activities. But police have yet to ascertain the wealth amassed by these gangs.
Bukit Aman Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Abdul Jalil Hassan said police would have a better idea of the extent of the underworld’s wealth after nabbing the kingpins.
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