PETALING JAYA, Sept 6 — The government has identified several politicians believed to be linked with triads in the country.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ministry was investigating the connection between the individuals and the secret societies and would not hesitate to book them.
“If those politicians are former members of secret societies, they might have already repented. It would be unfair to associate them with those societies again,” he said.
“But if investigations reveal they still have connections with triads, then we will expose them and take legal action.”
Ahmad Zahid said this after presenting the National Sovereignty Medals to 56 security personnel in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
This revelation comes barely 24 hours after former Bukit Aman CID director Tan Sri Zaman Khan said a convicted former triad chief was now a low-ranking political party leader in Penang. He stopped short of naming the person but said it was an unhealthy development for politics in the country.
However, Zaman clarified yesterday the man in question was arrested and prosecuted in the past.
“I was merely referring to a case which occurred in the past, not presently,” he said.
Bukit Aman’s secret societies, gaming and anti-vice (D7) principal assistant director Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said the man Zaman was referring to was Ong King Ee @ Jackie Chan.
Ong is a former MCA Gurney Drive branch chairman and a former triad boss.
“He was released in early 1992 after being held for two years under the Emergency Ordinance,” said Abdul Jalil.
“He joined MCA in 2000 but quit the following year after party members questioned his involvement in the party because of his background.”
The recent spate of shooting incidents has raised security concerns, prompting the police and government to initiate nationwide crackdown on crime.
Ops Cantas, launched on Aug 17, has seen more than 4,000 people detained all over the country. This led to the police publicly naming 49 secret societies involved in crime.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had last week, said the operation was necessary to ensure citizens would be able to live without fearin for their safety, adding it was a relentless fight against crime.