Gangs going public to feel ‘macho’


August 14, 2013

Gangs going public to feel ‘macho’

by P Ramani@www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Secret societies are becoming more open and bold in brandishing their acts via social media.

PETALING JAYA: The sense of self-pride and being macho’ have surfaced among the younger generation who leads the secret society these days, says USM Associate  Professor P Sundramoorthy.

The traditional handshakes and code words used among the secret societies have now been replaced with more open and bold vows displayed on the social media by this generation gangsters.

The gangsters openly display their gang name and logos. Some even receive huge support from their peer groups or gang members. The abuse of spiritual logos by the secret societies is becoming rampant, for example, the swastika emblem is associated with Gang 21 and the “om” symbol with Gang 36.

Secret societies that are popular in Facebook and Youtube are 04, 21, 1804 Kaigelz, and Gang 36 which also known as ‘Bob Marley’. Some of these gangs openly display their gang’s logo during funeral processions of their members or leaders; and further upload their videos on Youtube.

According to criminologist Sundramoorthy, the change of behaviour in becoming bolder is due to decaying moral values among gang members. “This generation gang members are not bothered when they publish their acts, as long they get highlighted and obtain more support. This makes them feel stronger,” Sundramoorthy told FMT.

The criminologist from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) also stated that some of these gang members are passive but joined the gang just to feel they are in an upper elite gangster society.

hans gangstersOnly the active gang members involve themselves in criminal activities such as drug distribution, kidnapping, extortion and so on. To curb this trend, Sundramoorthy suggests that the Police take a proactive approach in curbing the increasing numbers of secret societies.

“Through intelligence gathering and criminal database updates, the Police should do more in preventing this increasing culture among the gangs,” added Sundramoorthy. He also added that tolerance should be minimal and police should not think twice to act on this menace.

Glamour and Security

Meanwhile, HELP University College’s Centre for Fraud Management & Institute of Crime and Criminology director Akbar Satar is of the opinion that these generation gangsters are emulating the acts displayed by overseas’ gangsters.

“It is a common trend followed whereby American gangsters display their gang names and activity on Youtube and Facebook,” said Akbar. He also added that emerging of new platform technologies is abused and it helps the gang to recruit members online as well as help them promote their existence.

Meanwhile, criminal psychologist S Niraj added that social media such as Facebook being used by gangs was no longer a secret.

“The main reason for exposing gangs in Facebook is because of ‘identity’. In psychology and sociology, identity is a person’s conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliation,” said Niraj. He also added that since these youngsters associated themselves with a gang, they feel glamorous and secure.

“Through Facebook, gangs are able to post their activities, show their strength and indirectly use as a tool for membership drive. By adding friends in Facebook, members feel there is a security,” added Niraj.

8 thoughts on “Gangs going public to feel ‘macho’

  1. what a nonsensical article

    HELP University College’s Centre for Fraud Management & Institute of Crime and Criminology director Akbar Satar puts the blame on overseas gangsta influence.
    what these so-called intellectuals fail to see is that the loss of perspective in lifes of these indian youths is the main cause – too difficult for you to decipher??
    National Socialism was accepted by the impoverished germans who believed in slogans promising work for everyone.

    50s, 60s and 70s there were no social media lah, thats why they weren’t in internet like today.

    like in the Hindu Mythology malaysian politicians and intellectuals live in a faraway planet, the ordinary folk live in another planet and are blessed with occasional visits(avatars) from these gods.

  2. In the old days, we had ex-cons and bigger gangstas monitoring the situation. But these pencen blokes are so blur – all are totally internet illiterate esp.when it comes to ‘social-networking’. The most sophisticated toll they have is a Nokia 3250. I can imagine those nerds in MCMC or PDRM trying to monitor these so-called triads. What a laugh!

    Gang-wars, those days, were limited to challenges between ‘champions’ and Tiger-generals. Although there was physical damage (like amputations, stabbings with bearing scrapers etc) – out-right assassinations and ambush killings were rare. It was only when there were ‘irreconcilable differences’ occur that such methods were inevitable.Table-talk or 4-eyed meeting were essential to keep the peace and everything could be negotiated. The Taikors were pretty hands-on, not like now. Pretty much reflects the Political scenario, don’t you think?

    There was a mechanism for table talk – which the leaders went armed to the teeth, and a protocol was followed – in which alcohol was banned and the strongest brew was chrysanthemum tea. Only if the talks were substantive and resolution forthcoming would the deal be sealed with some fire-water. The mediator cum arbitrator was often an elder respected by both sides and often his judgement will put our present judiciary to shame..

    What had happened during the past generation or two, is that the Polis were essentially Mono-Ethnic and very ‘Jantan’ – and thus one could smell an under-cover a mile away. How to collect intel, like that? Furthermore, the trust and sincerity gap was broken by many deaths in custody. Torture takes many forms – but there are some uniformed psychos who revel in inflicting pain beyond redemption. More often than not, the real perpetrator gets away Scot-free..

    When Respect on all sides is blurred – the killings start. So much for ‘macho-ness’ which in Malaysian parlance means suffering testicular torsion..

  3. I see a pattern developing here with the MSM going to town with crime .I see something big going down soon and it is not necessarily good for the people !

  4. Let’s go back into history. In the communist era, the brits banned public gathering of sthg like 5 or more people as a prelude to stamped out secret societies. To circumvent this act, people register societies. As a result we find tokong and shrines in estates and at street junctions. They put their deities in altars and meet at these ‘religious’ places. As a result Penang and Kelang has the highest density of tokongs (some very small like a mini coffee shop) on this planet whereby gangs who control a street have their tokong at the end of the street. Registered as societies, the PDRM cannot arrest when they meet to discuss gangland war etc. etc.

  5. This is the USM guy who found 5 minutes infamy by publishing a half-past-six study after our new IGP called for the restoration of EO. he agreed totally with the IGP but what was so lacking in hus ‘study’ was the socio-comic aspect of crimes. And now he’s at it again. After being away from this country for decades, I attened a Chinese funeral last year. I was surprised that in one of the tents there was a display of the names of gangs attending the service. If we had a Soecial Branch I didn’t find it there. I didn’t stay long but was told there would be a triad service that night. That was a blatant display of might and our police were invisible. How and why? I could only attribute it to POLIS inaction.
    At another scene in the back yard of our courtroom when a policeman met a gangster. They were all smiling. Again my guess was police smiled because if more potential income. Gangster smiled because it was business as usual.

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