PETALING JAYA: Gangsterism must be tackled quickly to safeguard future generations, said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said these criminal gangs do not just threaten public safety but also the younger generations who are the future of this nation.
Commenting on an announcement that police have identified the leaders of the gangs and would be taking action against them, Lee said MCPF welcomed the move.
“What is of utmost concern to us are the attempts by such gangs to get into schools to recruit students,” he said.
He called on all stakeholders, including school heads, to do their part to address the problem.
“Schools must work closely with the police liaison officers assigned to them, and make more students aware of the dangers of gangsterism,” he said in a statement.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim has announced that information was being gathered on the gang leaders, to build strong cases against them under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.
He had spoken in the wake of the arrests of Gang 24 members in Butterworth and followers of Gang 36 in Kuala Lumpur recently.
According to him, the gangs were increasingly recruiting from schools because the arrests of their members were taking a toll on their activities.
On April 21, a group of students was captured on video as they “celebrated” Gang 24 with banners, motorcycles and firecrackers outside a school in Klang.
Police identified the culprits and 40 of them were arrested and investigated.
Noor Rashid said they would be charged with unlawful assembly, destruction of public property and causing mischief.