KUALA LUMPUR: Four top suspected underworld “generals” in Sarawak, including a 67-year-old leader of the Or Kow Gang in Kuching, have been arrested.
The man was arrested under the Emergency Ordinance last September but released later.
The other three are said to be the leaders of the Wah Kee Gang in Miri, Mukah and Niah.
Federal Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin confirmed the arrests of the four under Section 3(1) of the Emergency Ordinance, and said police would continue to go after suspected gangsters in the state.
“The success was due to the close co-operation between the police and public who provided us with valuable information regarding the gangs' activities,” he told The Star.
It is learnt the four were arrested during a special police operation code-named Ops Cantas Kenyalang that began last Tuesday.
A special police task force comprising officers from Bukit Aman and Sarawak police under the supervision of Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan Bakri launched the operation following the re-emergence of gangsters in the state.
Sources said the four were said to be involved in vice rings, loan sharking, alcohol smuggling, illegal logging, drug trafficking, extortion, assault, gambling and other illegal activities.
They said the gang members had threatened many people and warned them of severe consequences if they did not pay protection money.
“Most of the gang members have fled the state and have gone into hiding following the massive police operation.
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