Don’t use Sosma or Poca against kids, cops told

Source: FMT News

Rights lawyer Eric Paulsen says it would be excessive to charge children under preventive laws. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A human rights lawyer has spoken against the detention of children under preventive laws such as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) and the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).

“They should be dealt with through laws that are in line with the Child Act,” said Lawyers for Liberty director Eric Paulsen in a comment on recent arrests of suspects in a police operation against the Gang 24 secret society. In the most recent arrest, three secondary school students were among the 13 suspects.

It is not clear which law is being used against the suspects.

Paulsen said the authorities could be seen as taking measures that were too extreme if they were to use Sosma or Poca against children. Read more

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

Cops: Gangsters financed by VIPs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 ― A Datuk Seri and four Datuks involved in politics were recently nabbed over their involvement with violent gangs.

Police warned more gang members will be picked up soon.

The Datuk Seri, a businessman in his 50s, was picked up on January 27. He was the leader of Gang 24 in Penang and was linked to the murder of Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was allegedly shot by his bodyguard near the Penang Bridge on December 1.

“He has a money-lending business and ran an ice cube company,” a police source in the thick of the investigations revealed.

“The Datuk Seri financed the Penang gang and gave out instructions to the members.”

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled said the four Datuks, in their 40s and 50s, were ranking members of Gang 360 Devan ― a splinter group of Gang 36. They were arrested at various locations in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

They were among 38 gang members, aged 19 to 62, who were picked up.

Police seized eight pistols, a rifle, 768 bullets, 10.8kg of heroin and 20.9kg of amphetamines during the arrests.

“The four Datuks are involved in a political party and hold positions at the lower levels. But in the gang, they were well-positioned and gave out instructions,” he said. Read more