Is PEKIDA an intricate network of gangs and NGOs?

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MALAYSIAN GANGS

Pekida, or Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Se-Malaysia, was founded in the 1970s and stresses the importance of charity and Islamic teachings.

4 June 2018

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IGP: Cops nab Malay vigilante group Pekida member over death threat against Dr M Another viral post by same name called Dr M a “Zionist”, Mat Sabu a “clown”, & WAWI unfit for her job because she’s a woman. The man claimed his FB acct was compromised.

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JUST IN: Man arrested over alleged statement claiming to want to wage war against PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and shoot him. The man has told police his Facebook account was compromised and he was not responsible for that statement.

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IGP: Cops nab Pekida member over death threat against Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 — The police said today they have arrested a member of Malay vigilanted group Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Pekida), following an alleged online death threat against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement, the police said it received a report on May 31 from Pekida’s own secretary over a social media post vowing to wage war and shoot Dr Mahathir.

“Following the report, the police have arrested a 38-year-old Pekida member in Jalan Beverly Height, Ampang on June 2 at 4.40am.

“However, the suspect claimed his Facebook account has been breached by irresponsible parties,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.

The case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code on criminal intimidation, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 on improper use of network facilities.

“Suspect is remanded until June 6 and the further investigation continues,” Fuzi said.

A viral Facebook post by one “Ayahanda Fadzley Mohd Yusof” has called for Dr Mahathir to be hit and shot, claiming 10,000 “group members” were ready to oppose and topple the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

Another viral post by the same name also called for “Zionist” Dr Mahathir to be thrown in jail, labelling Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu a “clown”, and claiming Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to be unfit for her deputy prime minister post because she is a woman.

The second post claimed to have received the support of now fugitive Umno leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos and his Red Shirts, Pekida, and the Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) — to return Barisan Nasional to power.

One Fadzley Mohd Yusof said he has lodged a police report last week, claiming the viral post was not from him as he is a PH supporter himself, and has now claimed that his own safety has been threatened.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1638065/igp-cops-nab-pekida-member-over-death-threat-against-dr-m

September 2014

Star

Wednesday September 24, 2014 MYT 9:26:20 AM

Pekida: We are not rogues

KUALA LUMPUR: As a Muslim charity body, Pekida was set up based on Islamic principles but a rogue group wanting to make a name has becoming the biggest hurdle to its cause.

Both use similar logos and the group, calling itself Tiga Line and whose members claim to be from Pekida, was one of 49 deemed illegal last year under the Secret Societies Act.

“We are judged unfairly as people choose to label us gangsters when we have no links whatsoever with the underworld.

“Despite our direct involvement with various charity programmes, people still mistake us for Tiga Line, which was set up by people who claimed to be part of us,” Federal Territories Pekida chief Datuk Roslan Dahaman, told The Star Online at a recent interview here.
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Roslan denounced the gangster group and accused them of using Pekida’s name to justify its acts.

According to him, the gangster outfit might have been founded by some of Pekida’s 50,000 registered members, but this he said, was beyond his control.

“I can’t be monitoring the movement of each and everyone of them. There may be lawbreakers but I can’t be responsible for what they do. That is not what we taught them to be,” he said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/24/Pekida-we-not-rogues-Tiga-Line/

The author, Sophie Lemiere, on Pekida and Tiga Line…

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The PhD holder was responding to a question about gangs who supported the opposition when she said in her talk that not all gang members backed the ruling party.

Malaysiakini

Some gangs now eyeing opposition, Anwar

Gangs are “opportunistic” in nature and would turn to support the opposition if they felt that the coalition might become the ruling party in the coming general elections, said French researcher Sophie Lemiere.

Lemiere said when she started her research in 2008 on Malaysian gangs, there were really very few groups supporting Pakatan Rakyat or opposition parties.

But in recent months, she had been told by some of her sources who are gang members, that they might support the opposition and its leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“The opposition does not have the same network of patronage,” she explained when presenting her paper on ‘Gangsters and Masters: Connivance Militancy in Contemporary Malaysia’.

“The opposition does not have the same access to resources. So of course, it is less interesting to the gangs,” she added.

But if gangs felt that the opposition might become the ruling party and hold the “keys of the gold chamber” of Malaysia, they would turn to support the opposition,” said Lemiere.

Some gangs now eyeing opposition, Anwar

Malaysiakini

‘Umno-linked gangs preserve authoritarian state’

Recent research in Malaysia has shown that gangs, created by certain NGOs, are linked to the ruling party to preserve an authoritarian state.

To put it simply, said French researcher, Sophie Lemiere, “Gangs are connivance (complicit) militants. They are systematic political actors that play a role in the construction and sustainability of the authoritarian state.”

Her research was conducted throughout Peninsula Malaysia from 2008 to April this year.

Her aim was to provide a snapshot of the behaviour of gangs’ between two general elections (March 2008 and May 2013) and how their allegiances and roles have adapted to the political climate and opportunities presented.

Lemiere explained that gangs in the context of Malaysia are “secret political arrangement by which political actors or political parties subcontract legal or illegal actions to serve its interest”.

This range from advocacy, demonstrations and violence directed at groups or individuals, she added.

“Muscle and numbers are needed by political parties – when challenged by opponents – in action, campaign, demonstrations, and controversies,” she added.

‘Umno-linked gangs preserve authoritarian state’

Malaysiakini

Pekida more than meets the eye, researcher finds

Based on her five -year research in Malaysia, French PhD holder Sophie Lemiere said that the NGO Pekida or Tiga Line alludes its allegiance and loyalty to the Malay community, royalty and Islam.

This can be seen in its symbol of red (for blood), yellow (royalty) and green (Islam), she said.

Lemiere added that based on her extensive interviews with its members and Internet search, groups like Pekida are a complex network of discreet NGOs created by gangs for which political militancy is a business.

“Pekida is a generic name used to describe an intricate network of gangs and NGOs.

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“In reality, the name Pekida is the name of one of those numerous NGOs created by this network to offer political support, legalise part of their activity, and ease the reception of funds from the ruling party,” she noted.

Lemiere said there may be other groups that call themselves Pekida but go under another name as well or may not be linked with Pekida.

Driving force- power, profit, money

“The main objectives of the group is power, profit and money, which imply that members are involved in illegal activities, and may use different degrees of violence,” she said.

“Its basic ambition is often reshaped into ideological terms in order to facilitate recruitment, group coalition and justifying the use of violence,” she added.

Lemiere, who just received her PhD from Sciences-Po Paris on Ethno-nationalist and Islamic movements in Malaysia, was in Penang to present her paper in Universiti Sains Malaysia yesterday.

Her paper, “Gangsters and Masters: Connivance Militancy in Contemporary Malaysia” was based on research from 2008 to April this year.

Lemiere is based in Singapore and affiliated with the Asian Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

Pekida more than meets the eye, researcher finds

Malaysiakini

On Tuesday, Malaysiakini published the full 20-minute recording of  Zahid’s speech, which we obtained.

In the speech, Ahmad Zahid appears to back the Tiga Line gang and at one point referred to them from a first person perspective.

Minister: I never said Tiga Line were ‘our people’

Malaysiakini

Minister: I never said Tiga Line were ‘our people’
2:41PM Oct 11, 2013

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has claimed that he never called the outlawed underworld gang Tiga Line as “one of us” during his controversial speech at an event in Malacca last Saturday.

“I never said that Tiga Line were our people. I just said that they are a breakaway group of Pekida, and that part forms Tiga Line,” Sinar Harian quotes Ahmad Zahid as saying.

“I have received detailed reports on this matter, even before becoming home minister,” he said.

“But if among them some became bouncers, car repossesers, and are involved in crime, I would ask the police to arrest them. Why was that sentence not released?” he questioned.

Minister: I never said Tiga Line were ‘our people’

Apart from Tiga Line, the other Malay secret societies named by the Home Ministry were Double 7 and Gang 30. Only three Malay gangs were named by the ministry.

Tiga Line and Gang 30 are believed to have links with Malay NGO Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Pekida), which in turn is strongly linked with Umno.

The two groups are alleged to be involved in drug distribution, car-jacking and night-club protection.

Free Malaysia Today

Now Shahidan defends another Malay gang

P Ramani | October 10, 2013

After ‘Tiga Line’ was labelled as benevolent gangsters by the home minister, an Umno supreme council candidate says Gang 30 is a charity organisation.

PETALING JAYA: In the wake of Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi calling ‘Tiga Line’ as benevolent gangsters and his friends, another Umno leader has stepped up to defend Gang 30.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Shahidan Kassim claimed that Gang 30, which was declared an illegal outfit, is a charity organisation offering assistance to poor Malays during festivities and burials.

Shahidan, who is also the former Perlis menteri besar, said that Gang 30 were merely practising Malay culture and tradition.

However in August, the Home Ministry, had listed Gang 30 as an illegal secret society. In addition, the ministry also listed the group in the Top 5 of illegal secret societies among 49 secret societies.

Now Shahidan defends another Malay gang

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Tiga Line is among a list of 49 secret societies released by the Home Ministry in August and declared unlawful.

Tiga Line, closely linked to a Malay NGO known as Pekida, is believed to be a well known group of Malay gangsters.

EXCLUSIVE: Carry on, Zahid tells ‘Tiga Line’ dons

Free Malaysia Today

No Tiga Line thugs in police lockup

Alfian ZM Tahir | October 9, 2013

Bukit Aman’s SAC Abdul Jalil Hassan confirms that police have yet to detain Tiga Line thugs although several have been identified

PETALING JAYA: To date, thousands of suspected gangsters from underworld organisations in the country have been arrested, but surprisingly, none of them were from the Tiga Line group.

This latest information was revealed by Bukit Aman’s secret societies, gambling and anti vice principle assistant director, SAC Abdul Jalil Hassan today.

Jalil told FMT over the phone that they have yet to arrest any Tiga Line member, but was quick to add that the police have arrested a number of Malay gangsters from other triad groups.

Tiga Line, closely linked to a Malay NGO known as Pekida, is believed to be a well known group of Malay gangsters.

No Tiga Line thugs in police lockup

Malaysian Insider

Home Minister slammed for protecting pro-Umno Tiga Line gang

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH and LEE SHI-IAN
October 07, 2013

The Home Minister is protecting a gang which was listed as unlawful in August because of its link to Umno, said oppostion lawmakers.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke (pic) expressed concern at Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement when he allegedly called the Tiga Line underworld group, “his friends and urged them to do what they needed to do”.

The Tiga Line group was on a list of 49 secret societies released by the Home Ministry in August amid promises by the authorities to crack down on these groups.

Home Minister slammed for protecting pro-Umno Tiga Line gang

Malaysiakini

Carry on, Zahid tells ‘Tiga Line’ dons
12:42PM Oct 7, 2013

VIDEO | 3:07 mins

EXCLUSIVE Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has tough words for criminal gangs but the home minister appears to have a soft spot for the Tiga Line underworld group, calling them his friends and urging them to do what they needed to do.

He pointed out that they had checked out 178,217 Malays, 77,104 Chinese, 73,505 Indians and 51,517 other races in a crackdown against the underworld.

Of this, 14,511 were found to be secret society members – 6,171 Malays, 1,701 Chinese, 3,685 Indians and 2,954 from the other races.

But from here on was a strange twist, with Zahid zooming in on Tiga Line and declaring that they really weren’t thugs and were in fact some form of benevolent gangsters that only turned up at festivals.

‘Tiga Line not thugs’

“The 6,171 Malays, they are not real thugs (samseng), they were Pekida members and were part of the Tiga Line group, Gang 30, Gang 7 – these are festivities (kenduri-kendara) gangsters…

“I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done,” he said to loud cheers from the room.

Tiga Line is among a list of 49 secret societies released by the Home Ministry in August and declared unlawful.

Carry on, Zahid tells ‘Tiga Line’ dons

The IGP stated that there were no politicians involved in gangs but the Home Ministry links Pekida to 2 Malay secret societies!

Here is Datuk Paduka Hamzah David, who is Federal Territory Pekida Advisor, denying that Pekida is a gang!

THE PEKIDA GROUP

Free Malaysia Today

Pekida: ‘Kami bukan gengster, kami tolong Melayu’

Jamilah Kamarudin | June 21, 2011

“Pekida bukan kumpulan gengster, yang gangster, yang ‘pau’ dan pukul orang tu kumpulan ‘serpihan’ yang asalnya dulu Pekida,” kata Penasihat Pekida Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Paduka Hamzah Daud.

Read the full article yourself Pekida: ‘Kami bukan gengster, kami tolong Melayu’ | Free Malaysia

PEKIDA

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Background Pekida MALAYSIA
This organization has been registered on the 10th. May 1983, registration number 146/83 under the Societies Act 1966 and the regulations at No. 1984. 5A MPSP Building, Market Road, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah Darul Aman headquarters that now.
To facilitate all forms of business and increase the overall effectiveness of the administration, then at the beginning of this year, Pekida MALAYSIA Headquarters was transferred to the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, at the address: 69E, KOBENA Building 4A, Jalan Raja Abdullah, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
In 1997, the Organization has approved the new membership of 1,995 people and in 1998 as many as 958 people. Number of members registered as 31. December 1997 stood at 14,295 people, and on the 31st. December 1998 was a total of 15.253 people. Until Today Pekida has registered about 50,000 members.

Malaysiakini

Gov’t finds Pekida factions amongst 49 gangs

The Home Ministry has revealed among the active gangs identified were two main Malay secret societies, which were factions of the Pekida Malaysia group.

One of them is the Double 7 gang with 1,053 members. Set up in November 2005, it is active in 28 areas in the peninsula.

The other group, Tiga Line, which uses the colours of green, blue and red, has 729 active members in 20 areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak and Selangor. Another Malay gang is the Gang 30.

Bernama

Gov’t finds Pekida factions amongst 49 gangs

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