PENANG: Police are looking for the leader of the notorious Sio Sam Ong (Three Little Emperors) triad who is said to be actively trying to revive the gang on the island.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Abdul Rahim Jani said the gang had been involved in international drug trafficking, kidnap, murder, robbery, extortion and illegal money-lending at its height.
“The 37-year-old triad leader, nicknamed 'Jacky Chan', was sent to the Simpang Renggam Rehabilitation Centre in Muar shortly after his arrest in Bangkok with three of his henchmen in May 1993. He was released about three years ago.
“Our investigations showed that after his release, he began rounding up his strongmen, who had been released earlier from the same centre, with the hope of reviving the triad (which) had been ‘quiet’ since the mid-90s,” SAC Abdul Rahim said.
He said the police had obtained an order under the Emergency Ordinance to arrest 'Jacky Chan', who is from Kulim.
“We are also looking for several of his 'grass sandals' (a term to denote very high ranking members) and 'tiger generals' who had also gone into hiding three months ago. They are believed to be somewhere in the country,” he added.
The triad was said to be behind the slaying of six people in Taman Bersatu, Sungai Petani, in September 1992. The members were also involved in at least 10 murders in the state in the late 80s and early 90s.
The skeletal remains of five men, who were murdered for betraying the gang, were exhumed from unmarked graves 11 years ago in Mount Erskine here. Most of the recovered remains had their hands tied behind their backs.
An examination by forensic pathologist Dr Bhupinder Singh had showed that the five men were stabbed and bludgeoned prior to being buried, and that they could have been buried alive.
SAC Abdul Rahim is appealing to the public to contact the police if they come across an Ong King Ee @ Cheng Loong @ Kang Er or Chee Kok Loong @ Peter Long, 26, both of whom were from the triad.
Those who have seen the duo are urged to call state Anti-Secret Society chief DSP Ibrahim Abu Bakar at 04-222 1601/11 or any police station.