PUTRAJAYA - Some 40,313 people have been identified as members of 49 organisations, mostly triads, that have been declared illegal.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said that the main activities for some of these organisations (not all) included drug distribution, extortion, and use of firearms to carry out murders.
He said these organisations have violated the law under Section 5 (1) of the Societies Act 1966 on the date of the gazette, which took effect yesterday (Aug 28).
Among other implications, the gazette also meant that all assets belonging to these organisations would be surrendered to the Insolvency Department and that those found using the names, symbols or premises, or identifying themselves as members of any of the 49 organisations would be arrested.
Here are some of the statistics and profiles of the gangs that were listed by the Home Ministry.
Total number of gang members nationwide: 40,313
Gangs by race
Malay: Double 7, Tiga Line, Geng 30
Chinese: Geng 24, Geng 18, Geng 36, Geng 21, Ang Soon Thong, Wah Kee, Sio Sam Ong, PNEH, Hong Hong San, Hai San, Sin Ang Bin, New Cell 20, Jit It Hai, Sio Koon Tong, Gee Lam Kor, Gee Ah Eng, Loh Kuan, Tiang Yee Tong, Geng Leng Hor Indian: Geng 04, Geng 08, Geng 21, Geng 24, Geng 18, Geng 35, Geng 36, Geng 303, Geng Satu Hati