Expert: Publicly naming triads could be double-edged sword

Expert: Publicly naming triads could be double-edged sword

PETALING JAYA - A criminologist has cautioned that the move to publicly name and gazette triads as unlawful could be a double-edged sword.

"It's a good start. But on the flip side, it gives these gangsters an opportunity to hide evidence and traces of their activities," said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Forensic Science Programme lecturer, Dr Geshina Ayu Mat Saat.

She said newer or smaller gangs would be more affected by the measures compared to established triads.

Dr Geshina also pointed out the plan to freeze and seize their assets and block their transactions could only work in the long run if police stay ahead of them.

She said the police should not stop at just naming the gangs but consider targeting businesses which act as their fronts.

"These people don't keep all their eggs in one basket," she added.

Dr Geshina said on the plus side, the naming and shaming would send a clear message to triads and those who do business with or for them that crime does not pay.

"Going public with the names of companies acting as fronts for illegal activities will also alert them that they risk being arrested for being associated with the triads," she said.

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