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Five gangsters shot dead in Penang

Published: Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 11:04:49 AM

by tan sin chow, farik zolkepli, kiatisak chua, AND christopher tan

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GEORGE TOWN: Police gunned down five Gang 04 members who are linked to at least 10
murders in a shootout at an apartment in Sungai Nibong.

Ballistic tests on the three firearms recovered from them showed that the five were involved in at
least 12 shooting cases in three states.

Police believe they have now solved at least 10 murder cases in Penang (seven), Kedah (two)
and Negri Sembilan (one), and two attempted murders in Penang.

The dead have been identified as J. Gobinath, 31, R. Ramesh, 27, N. Rakan, 25, M. Suresh, 25,
and M. Gobinath, 21.

” he said.30am yesterday before moving to the unit on the 11th floor where the suspects were staying. This subsequently led to the death of the five men. causing hurt using a weapon and rioting. but none of them were Emergency Ordinance detainees. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police laid an ambush at the apartment block at about 4. Khalid said that four of the gang members had multiple criminal records for drug offences.End of the road: Policemen bringing out the bodies of the five men who were gunned down at an apartment in Sungai Nibong. One of them was the mastermind behind the crimes. “We were shot at first and we shot back in defence. .

.Blocked shots: Khalid pointing to a small indentation on a bulletproof shield used by police during the operation at the apartment in Sungai Nibong.

On Aug 8../Five-gangsters-shot-dead-in-Penang/ . “Ballistic tests on the firearms showed that they were used in at least 12 murder or attempted murder cases. a 37-year-old scrap dealer believed to be a Gang 36 member. A recent spate of shootings in Penang and various parts of the country has sparked speculation of a gang war..thestar. “We believe there are remnants of this gang still at “We have been monitoring their activities for some time. was shot dead when he stopped his car at a traffic light in Anson Road. Related stories: Families seek explanation for shooting deaths Police launch initial stage of nationwide crackdown on crime www.“Our investigations showed that they were either hired killers or acted in revenge over the shooting cases which they had been involved in since last They were very mobile and would travel all over the country to commit murder. Veerappan. The operation to track them down is ongoing. K.” he added.” Khalid told a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.

The festering issue came under the spotlight in the Singapore Straits Times today. Sivarrajah said the disclosure by Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi could mean racial profiling of Indians could worsen.he recent disclosure by Malaysian authorities that ethnic Indians made up 71% of the 40. Penang. Gang 04 and Gang 08.313 gangsters in Malaysia has divided the community. Pasupathi as saying whatever had been revealed by the Home Ministry were the bare facts and it was time to sit down and solve the problem. said this was a national issue now. Others denied Abdul Rahim's claim as the Malays formed nearly 60 per cent of the population but only 1. They also pointed out that there were a lot of Mat Rempit gangs on the road. There are some 2 million Indians in Malaysia. . The Straits Times quoted lawyer S. rich states such as Selangor. police surrounded and shot dead five suspected Gang 04 members at a condominium in Penang. MIC Youth secretary C. He pointed out that there were many cases of Indian youths who had died in police custody. Johor and Perak. which helps Indian school dropouts. it wasn't about playing politics. The director of MySkills Foundation.923 were involved in gangsterism. This sparked an outcry especially among the Indian community with many claiming it was an execution by the police. were predominantly Indian and very active in populous. with some complaining about racial profiling but others acknowledging the sad fact. Authorities have said that the two biggest and most notorious gangs. a relatively small minority. a lack of education and neglect by the government and their own Indian leaders. so the revelation by the Home Ministry last week of their over-representation in gangsterism has sparked anger and fear in a section of the Indian community worried about racial profiling. A fortnight ago. which said the profile of the gangs spoke volumes about the struggles of some Malaysian-Indians against poverty.

although Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat have sought to resolve these issues in a bid to garner the support of the Indian community. Citizenship issues were another problem as many families didn't have birth certificates or identity cards. said V. Perumal. The Straits Times reported that the issue was further complicated as the community's political leadership was divided with five Indian-led parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition. Dr Denison Jayasooria. these families were displaced.September 2. a security guard who lives in one such area in Jalan Loke Yew in Kuala Lumpur. This included growing up in cramped flats. Velu.The Straits Times reported that today's Indian youth problem could be traced back 30 years ago when thousands of Indian families were living and working on rubber and oil palm plantations. What was lacking was good leadership to steer the community towards a better future. where poverty and crime were rampant. with children left at home while both parents go to work and many children not finishing school. A number of sociologists agree the displacement of estate workers and its impact on the bottom 40% of the Indian community in Malaysia is the root cause of the problem. S. said the social support system broke down as families struggled to adjust to urban life. led to young boys mixing with the wrong company. In some plantations. The stigma of growing up in undesirable neighbourhoods. 2013. An adviser to Indian youth organisations. Suggestions of uniting to better help the Indian community were met with incredulity and chest-puffing. Samy Vellu. . . secretary-general of rights group Proham. led by former MIC stalwart Datuk Seri Dr S. Malaysia's strong economic growth between the 1980s and 1990s papered the festering problem while the Indian community's political leaders. When the estates were cleared to be developed into residential and commercial projects. generations of Indian workers found themselves unemployed when they were replaced by cheaper Indonesian and Bangladesh workers. summed it up when he said the Indian community was divided as everyone wanted to be a party chairman or president. were not responsive to the issue.