A ‘Datuk’ was among 18 people believed to be members of the 04 secret society were detained during a police operation in Penang on Oct 30 and 31.
Penang Criminal Investigation Department Chief Datuk Zainol Samah said those who were detained in the operation against organised crime, included several gang leaders, aged between 23 and 54.
“One of them who claimed to have the ‘Datuk’ title was believed to be the leader of the 04 gang in the state…some of those detained were also leaders of the secret society which is active in the state.
“According to our investigations, they are involved in organised crime and violence, including causing serious injury, robbery, blackmailing, murder and drug trafficking,” he said yesterday.
Zainol said all the men would be remanded for 28 days under Section 4 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 for investigation.
He added that police were now hunting down 10 more members of the 04 gang, all of whom have been identified, and between 17 and 35 years, and from Penang.
They are T Kalai Chelvan, 28; A Guganish, 36; K Sangaran, 35; Mohd Firdaus Mohd Abdul Rahim, 33; M Partiben, 29; S Surentheren, 30; G Guninteran, 23; M Nithiyanantham Naidu, 24; K Dineskumar, 21; and a 17-year-old youth, he said.
“They are urged to surrender themselves to the police and members of the public who have information about the 10 men can come forward to help investigations,” he said.