Tiga Line: One in a list of 49 secret societies released by the Home Ministry in August 2013 and declared unlawful…

29 November 2018

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And so it comes to pass that the 50 or so Malay youths who attacked a Hindu temple in Subang Jaya, clashed with devotees, and held parang to the necks of a priest and other temple officials were men hired by (unnamed) lawyers working for the developer One City Sdn Bhd, according to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

They must have been terribly dumb lawyers to think that they could get away with something like this, which sparked off a riot and has threatened to become a highly charged racial issue, even when the government and the police steadfastly maintained that it has nothing to with race.

“Those linked to the developer have not followed legal processes to take over the temple land as planned, in accordance with the law.

“Police investigations found that the lawyers of the developer had hired a group of Malay men to barge into the temple and take control of it before developers and police can arrive (to facilitate the land transfer) on the morning of Nov 26,” Muhyiddin said.

According to him, RM150,000 was handed to the leader of the gang and each of the intruders were paid between RM150 and RM300 for carrying out the attack. This comes out to a total maximum of RM15,000, implying that the leader pocketed the remaining RM135,000.

These gangsters have ratcheted up the racial tension of the country, and needlessly caused a riot which nearly killed a fireman. Who are behind these gangsters? Just the lawyers, two of whom were reported to have been arrested? Or does it involve the developers who they have acted for?

Or more ominously, have they acted on behalf of someone else to hire thugs to deliberately increase racial tensions, for surely they must have known that is what would happen if 50 Malays were to barge into a Hindu temple and try to evict its officials and devotees?
Previous incidents

This is not the first time that thugs and goons have been used to increase racial tensions and do the bidding of their political masters. According to an article in Malaysiakini dated May 19, 2007, part of a special report on the racial riots of May 13, 1969, Malay gangsters were used as frontline attackers during the riots.

More recently, Muhyiddin’s immediate predecessor Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (photo) – yes the one who said that Malays would run amok if the government signed Icerd (the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination) – expressed his support for Malay gangster group Tiga Line.

As I explained in this article in October 2013, Zahid not only defended Tiga Line, a Malay gang outlawed by the police, but also included himself and others as part of the gang. He further condoned their actions and asked them to carry on. So, is he a gangster?

Zahid’s open defence of Tiga Line when he was home minister raises the question of how much Umno is involved in using gangsters to further its own position and standing within the Malay community, and whether many demonstrations said to be reflecting Malay sentiment were actually attended by paid goons.

This would apply as well to the upcoming Dec 8 demonstration against Icerd’s ratification that Zahid, Umno and PAS support.

In the past, under the previous government, police action against these gangsters was muted, at best. Much of their mischief, such as bursting into forums and meetings organised by others, went largely unpunished by the police.

Taking allegations seriously

In the latest temple incident, allegations of police inaction and delay were made. These are charges that the police should take seriously and rebut convincingly. Otherwise, they should give a proper explanation over their seeming delay and take action against people in the force who were responsible for this.

And I hope Muhyiddin, under whose Home Ministry the police force comes, has now become Malaysian first, instead of Malay first and then Malaysian, as he so notoriously proclaimed before when he was on the opposite side as deputy prime minister and challenged by Lim Kit Siang to state his stand in 2010.

No one is against special privileges for bumiputeras and Malays – as long as that is necessary for social justice. But the discriminatory treatment of communities under the law, through improper enforcement and other devious means that deny them their basic human rights, is simply indefensible.




October 2013


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


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’

Malaysian Insider

Home Minister slammed for protecting pro-Umno Tiga Line gang

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


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

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

August 2013

Over 40,000 members in 49 gangs involved in firearms, murder, drugs and extortion, says Home Ministry

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013

PUTRAJAYA: Some 40,313 people have been identified as members of 49 organisations, mostly triads, that have been declared illegal.

Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said that the main activities for some of these organisations (not all) included drug distribution, extortion, and use of firearms to carry out murders.

He said these organisations have violated the law under Section 5 (1) of the Societies Act 1966 on the date of the gazette, which took effect yesterday (Aug 28).

Among other implications, the gazette also meant that all assets belonging to these organisations would be surrendered to the Insolvency Department and that those found using the names, symbols or premises, or identifying themselves as members of any of the 49 organisations would be arrested.

Here are some of the statistics and profiles of the gangs that were listed by the Home Ministry.

Total number of gang members nationwide: 40,313
Malay: 1,923
Chinese: 8,214
Indian: 28,926
Sabah: 329
Sarawak: 921

Gangs by race
Malay: Double 7, Tiga Line, Geng 30
Chinese: Geng 24, Geng 18, Geng 36, Geng 21, Ang Soon Thong, Wah Kee, Sio Sam Ong, PNEH, Hong Hong San, Hai San, Sin Ang Bin, New Cell 20, Jit It Hai, Sio Koon Tong, Gee Lam Kor, Gee Ah Eng, Loh Kuan, Tiang Yee Tong, Geng Leng Hor
Indian: Geng 04, Geng 08, Geng 21, Geng 24, Geng 18, Geng 35, Geng 36, Geng 303, Geng Satu Hati

Tiga Line
Number of members: 729
The group identify themselves with the colours green, yellow and red, inspired by the Rastafari movement in Jamaica. They are active in 20 areas located in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah and Perak.

Source: PDRM, Wikipedia


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