Gangs brazenly going public via Facebook
PETALING JAYA - Gone are the days of secret gang handshakes and code words - now members of organised crime are brazenly going public.
Several of the gangs which made the news recently - like the swastika logo 21, the Indian-dominated 36 and mixed-race 18 - are on Facebook.
Although the Facebook groups are closed and require approval to join, the names of administrators and some members are clearly listed.
Some of the Facebook group gangs are 04, 21 (Klang and Shah Alam divisions), 1804 Kaigelz (the gangs 18 and 04 are linked, with 18 drawing its name from the 18 Immortals of Buddhism), and 36, also known as "Bob Marley".
The members of these groups have blatantly open profiles, with threatening status updates and photographs.
User "Suria Jahat", who is purportedly a member of 36, sports the Sanskrit Om symbol as a logo, and the colours red, blue and yellow.
His uploads include photos of stacks of RM50 and RM10 notes wrapped in newspaper and tied together with rubber bands, and a parang.
He also uploaded a photo of The Star's recent news story "Gang 36 one of the most feared in the nation", with the caption bila-bila hidup! (always alive).
36 is an offshoot of the infamous 30, or Tiga Line.
Also shocking is the young age of some of the members. A youth posted a picture of himself on a 36-linked Facebook page.
In the photo, he is wearing his school uniform and holding a drawing of the Om symbol in gang colours and a crudely-sketched hand giving the Tiga Line hand sign.
According to a member of 04 who declined to be named, the younger generation was a liability.
The gang member said that these youths did not treat the gangs like a secret society and brandished logos and hand signs around in plain view.