KAJANG - Kalai Arasu Muniandy was shot and injured three years ago but he insists that he has never been a gang leader.
The well-known figure among the Indian community here and surrounding areas said he was stunned when he was identified as a leader of Gang 36 in a list purportedly issued by the Home Ministry.
"I have never been involved in any gang activity or even gang fights. I have no criminal record. I am puzzled as to how my nickname ended up in the list," he told The Star.
The 42-year-old father of one said he had a good working relationship with the police in Kajang and had also been active in political and community programmes as the MIC's Hulu Langat division Youth chief for more than a decade.
"I have never been detained or investigated by the police or any other authorities. I am not angry with the police or the authorities. But I want justice and want to know the truth regarding how the list of names surfaced as both the Home Ministry and police have denied releasing it," he said.
Kalai Arasu was born in May 1971 and grew up in the Wardieburn Camp in Setapak, where his father R. Muniandy worked for the Public Works Department.
The family moved to a paternal uncle's house here after his father's death in 1986.
His father's death made him lose interest in education and he dropped out after Form Three.
"I went to Era College here but also dropped out after six months," he said, adding that he shifted to Kuala Kumpur where he took up several jobs before returning here in 2000 to run a franchise company handling security and manpower and also worked as a runner for insurance claims.