Penang police have detained 40 suspected triad members who held a registration cum introduction drive for new inductees, at a restaurant in Seberang Perai, on Saturday night.

State CID chief SAC Rahimi Ra'ais said that a team of police from the Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7), together with their CID counterparts, raided the premises about 9.30pm, following a tip-off, and nabbed the men, aged between 22 and 56.

According to him, the gang was holding the dinner event under the guise of a non-governmental organisation (NGO). Police, however, suspect that the men were planning to revive their influence in Penang, Kedah, and Perlis, as the detained men were from the three states.

Eight of the men detained also bore the tattoo of an illegal society on them, Rahimi added, reported the New Straits Times (NST).

Police also seized 55 cell phones, two rings, as well as a chain and an earring with the symbol of an illegal sociey on it.

The suspects are currently being probed under Section 43 of the Societies Act 1966.

Rahimi thanked the public for providing the tip-off which led to the crackdown, and playing a part in fighting crime.

Source: NST
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