Any progressive society will have its dropouts. These are the people who cannot make the grade for one reason or another. These dropouts can turn into delinquents and later become a menace to society. Problem of gangsterism always concerned by the society, because it is the problem linked to young people. A Journey into the heart of the British Underworld (2005) by Thompson defines gangsters as a member of an organized group of criminals or racketeers. Gangsterism as subscribing to a course of action reminiscent of organized crime is a definition given by urbandictionary. The Star stated that a person can be considered a gangster if he had involved in any of these activities such as extort money from shop owners, hawkers and the like. Those peoples like to stick together and establishment of an assemblage to do something consider as crime in their daily life.
Kuala Lumpur police are hunting 22 suspected gang members of the gang gang Geng 08 who are actively involved in organized crime around the capital three years ago. All of them between the ages of 21 and 55, including the couple’s father and children and siblings, were believed to have disappeared after police arrested 19 gang members in Operation Capital Kuala Lumpur (Op Capital KL) 2018 from 28 to 30 March. “They are detected actively in organized criminal activities such as murder, robbery, extortion, intimidation, violence and believed to have firearms.”Hence, this operation is based on intelligence information we have to ensure that the people, especially the people around Kuala Lumpur, are always in safe condition,” he told a media conference here, this morning.
Through the Ops Cantas beginning at midnight on 27 January 2018 , 36 of the group’s leaders, aged between 20 and 60, were arrested. Perak police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said 26 people were detained in Perak, Selangor, Melaka and Johor while 10 others were detained while in prison in Pokok Sena, Kedah; Sungai Udang, Melaka and Batu Gajah and Taiping. He said the police also seized various items such as cash, jewelery, property and vehicles worth more than RM4.54 million, believed to belong to the members of the group. “This operation was launched by the Perak Criminal Investigation Department (JSJ) Perak assisted by Bukit Aman JSJ and also participated in the Secretariat of the Anti-Money Laundering Criminal Investigation Team of the Inspector General of Police. It follows a series of incidents of serious violence, including the killings, riot, treasury, and drug trafficking that has been active in this group based in Perak, between two to ten years ago. Hasnan said apart from the murder of Datin Seri and injuring his eight-year-old daughter in front of a restaurant in Brickfields in the capital on July 6, 2016, the group was also involved in a murder case in Bagan Datuk, burning a house in Sungai Siput and two cases fired a shot here. He said all those detained were remanded for 28 days from 27 January and should end on Feb 24 under Section 4 (5) of the Special Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012. Hasnan said the police had succeeded in completing the investigation and the Attorney-General’s Chambers agreed to prosecute all those at the Ipoh Sessions Court tomorrow under Section 130V of the Penal Code for being a member of the organized crime group.
Malaysia is progressive and the education system demands a lot from the young. The adult world is intensely competitive with people vying for power and control in all careers. A large number of students find the demands pressurising . They hardly have time to relax or participate in community work or other activities. In many homes, parents are not around to guide or supervise their children. It is quite natural for these youngsters to slip out of the house and loiter about aimlessly on the streets.
This is where they meet peers who share the same frustrations and difficulties. They must let off steam. They vent their frustration by picking on weaker youths. Some form or joint secret societies and this is the start of their problem. Recently, two teenagers from decent homes were out for shopping. They were approached by three youths who demanded money from them. Not satisfied with the money they extorted, they assaulted the teenagers who tried to run for safety but were pursued by these gangsters and badly assaulted. Fortunately for the two, policemen patrolling on motorcycles came along and arrested the perpetrators.
We often also read of cases of bullying and intimidation along with other crimes in the neighbourhood such as shoplifting, molestation, robbing of the old and children. Such behaviour shows these thugs’ blatant provocation and disregard for the safety of others in the community. If nothing is done to stop this, the degree of criminal activities could increase to a frightening magnitude. Fortunately, the police and government authorities are doing everything in their power to curb this such as Ops Cantas, SOSMA and POCA.