PETALING JAYA - Turf war for drug distribution has contributed to the recent spate of murders.
"They are fighting over who has the right to distribute drugs in a particular area or zone.
"These are not gang fights like in the past where rival gangs battle for control of turf for activities such as protection and extortion," said a source who is in the know.
Pointing to a recent case in Klang where the victim was almost decapitated, he said the victim was killed because he was changing his drug supplier.
"It's all about money. Drug suppliers are not happy when the pushers seek to get supply from elsewhere," he said.
He said the situation was getting very serious as a large amount of drugs, like ketamine, was being brought into Malaysia from India.
He said the main distributors were mostly well-educated and well-dressed individuals who had other businesses to front their drug-related activities.
"These are the people who supply the drugs to the pushers, who claim to have links to gangs. The pushers in turn distribute it down the ladder to smaller scale dealers and pushers," he said.
He said most of those involved in the activities at present were Indians.
"Years ago it was the Chinese. But now they have mostly turned to legitimate businesses.
"Now the Indians are running it. They are amassing wealth so that they can become fully legitimate businessmen soon," he said.
According to him, the current stable of Indian "gang leaders" drove expensive cars and lived in posh homes in decent neighbourhoods as opposed to their counterparts in the past who used to literally always be on the run and had no steady source of income.
"Because they have so much money, buying firearms and bringing them in is easy for them," he added.
Another source said gangs as they were known before had slowly dissipated over the years and initiation ceremonies and allegiance to a supreme leader were all things of the past.
"Things have changed. Now just about anyone can claim that they are from a particular gang, yet do their own thing," he said.
A former Chinese gang member from Selangor, who claimed he is now retired, said the current Indian gang members were very dangerous.
"When I was in the business our main activities revolved around money-lending and extorting businesses, contractors and developers.
"It took a long time for us to get rich," he said, adding that a stray gun or two would emerge only in very serious gang fights as opposed to the current scenario where firearms were being carried around like accessories.