By Audrey Dermawan – November 29, 2021 @ 9:47am
SEBERANG JAYA: Police have detained 40 men, believed to be triad (kongsi gelap) members, hiding behind the name of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), at a luxury restaurant here on Saturday night.
When police stormed the premises, the men, aged between 22 and 56, were having a ceremony to introduce and register new members.
State Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Rahimi Ra’ais said, acting on a tip-off, a team of D7 police from the state police headquarters and the district CID ambushed the premises about 9.30pm.
He said police suspected that the triad members, under the guise of the NGO, were planning to revive their influence in Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
“The raid led to the arrest of 40 men from Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
“Further checks also revealed that eight of the men detained had the tattoo of an illegal society on them,” he said yesterday.
40 held in triad initiation ceremony under guise of NGO event
Bernama – November 29, 2021 2:52 P
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Forty men, believed to be members of a secret society, were apprehended during an initiation ceremony at a fancy restaurant in Seberang Jaya here on Saturday.
Penang CID chief Rahimi Ra’ais said the initiation was held under the guise of an NGO event but police got wind of the illegal activity.
“In the raid, 40 men aged between 22 and 56 years were detained. They were from Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
“The secret society group was actually holding an initiation ceremony and recruitment of new members. They hoped to avoid police detection by having it at a fancy restaurant,” he said in a statement today.
Initial investigations revealed that the secret society was making an attempt to re-establish its presence in Penang, Kedah and Perlis.