KOTA KINABALU - The Home Ministry is keeping a close watch on individuals involved in politics who are also believed to be members of secret societies, says minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said they have identified these people in certain political parties. However, he declined to elaborate.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was commenting on the disclosure by former Bukit Aman CID director Tan Sri Zaman Khan that a former convict who had been a triad chief is now a low-ranking leader of a political party in Penang.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also said there was a possibility that the politicians might have repented and left the secret societies.
"As such, it will not be fair to associate them with the secret societies again.
"But, it doesn't mean that we are forgetting them. If they are found to have active connections with triads and secret societies, we will expose them and take legal action against them," he said yesterday.
In Kuala Lumpur, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would intensify the nationwide crackdown on gang leaders and their members during Ops Cantas Khas, which was launched in August.
He said there was a 8.2 per cent reduction of serious crimes, of which 1,162 cases were recorded two weeks prior to the launch of the special operation on Aug 17.