YOUNGSTERS these days are “mentally fragile” and because of that, they are easily coaxed into triads, said Perak’s Criminal Investigation Department Head Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Gan Tian Kee (pic).
SAC Gan said there are two things to look at when answering questions on gangsterism: nature and nurture.
“It’s the environment and how we mix with our peer groups. For example, one boy may look pious but he is involved in a triad. Someone else might look like a thub, but he is not into gangsterism.
“Youngsters these days can be easily influenced. With social media, it’s even worse. Some of the kids are mentally fragile. Nurturing must be done right but bad influences are always there,” he said to reporters when asked about the rise in gangsterism cases in the state and country.
While SAC Gan said jokingly that Rajinikanth’s movie Kabali is not the reason behind the increase, he admitted that police always advise the censorship board to take away certain scenes.
“Imagine the villain or hero drinking samsu and fighting so many people. I don’t want our youngsters to do that. That’s why we tell the censorship board to censor these scenes.”
Under the Ops Cantas Khas 2 operation, which was conducted from Aug 6 to 19, police arrested 71 individuals aged between 17 and 60, believed to be involved in gangsterism and various criminal activities in the state.
They also confiscated a samurai sword, several machetes, knives and fake pistols.
SAC Gan said, in recent weeks, triad members have gone overboard by committing crimes like murder, attempt to murder, rioting, extortion, drug dealings and robbery.
“Twelve officers and 60 members divided into ten teams were involved in the operation and they were sent to places like Manjung, Ipoh, Teluk Intan, Taiping and various other districts in the state.
“We have evidence of their involvement and they will be brought to court. Our aim simple, we are going for the real targets,” said SAC Gan
As a result of the operation, from the 71 suspects taken in, one will be investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 and according to SAC Gan, the individual will be remanded for 60 days.
This year alone, from January till August, 75 individuals were investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act and SAC Gan expects more arrests to be made.
The most influential triads in the state are Gang 08, 36 and 04 and police will make sure that they can curb their influence in the state.
SAC Gan said while there were no shoot-outs, two reports lwere odged against some gang members for threatening police officers.
Based on the CID’s investigations, there are 32 triads in the state and they are actively involved in various criminal activities.
“Triads in Perak are involved in everything but we are able to control their activities. There were targets who escaped but I’m biding my time, amd they will surely come back.
“I’m not going to warn anyone anymore. If you’ve committed a crime, you will be arrested.”