Child activist: Students joining gangs in school for RM30

Source: FMT News

He says those who refuse to be members are beaten up and even teachers are afraid of these student gangsters. Pic from FMT News.

He says those who refuse to be members are beaten up and even teachers are afraid of these student gangsters. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Students in some of the schools in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya can join gangs for as low as RM30, according to child rights activist James Nayagam.

Speaking to FMT, Nayagam said Form 1 students were often approached by seniors who were already members of a particular gang.

“They will look for lonely, timid students from some of the lower-performing classes and offer them protection.

“The catch is that they have to belong to that particular gang in order to be protected and membership costs RM30.”

He said part of the responsibility of being in a gang was that if there was any gang fight, either inside or outside the school, the members had to participate.

He added that when it came to joining the gangs, the students did not have much choice in the matter.

“If you do not pay for the membership and join the gang, then you are taken to a corner of a field and beaten up.” Read more