'Gangsters today are a crazy and more brutal lot'

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Gangsters these days have become more violent and dangerous, if former gangsters are to be believed.

These "retired" gangsters said that while they believed in "gentleman gangsterism", today's young gangsters were going crazy.

Ghani (not his real name) said he was used to fighting but now, they make you "eat kacang". That's a euphemism for a bullet in the head.

Just years ago, initiation into a gang involved a drop of blood in a cup but now, the youngsters are asked to pull off a snatch theft, robbery or even drive a knife into someone before they can be considered as full-fledged members of the gang.