Friday, October 10, 2008

Mat Rempits, Secret Societies And Their Benefit To Society

Last year, AsiaOne reported that Mat Rempits have gone high tech and are using online networking sites such as MySpace to recruit new members into their gangs.

Mat Rempit gangs, the article said, are rapidly becoming a secret societies or triads, with strong influence with many anti-social pursuits.

One such gang is Apache Sereng. The police said that this group is persistent and active in recruiting students and getting them involved in anti-social activities such as motorcycle theft, illegal racing and alcohol consumption.

Apparently Apache Sereng has a wide network as it is active in many states including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Penang, Malacca, Perak, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan.

This is an organised group, with membership fees and membership cards. Fees range from RM10 to RM30 depending on the chapter you join. So this is not mickey mouse gang, folks ! it is a real criminal organisation.

Once a person joins the gang, he is given a membership card and a sticker to be attached to his kapcai or whatever motorbike he is riding to display his affiliation to the gang.

According to the article, people join the gang because it is well-respected among the Mat Rempit community which also promised to protect its members.

According to a report in the Malay Mail a few months ago, the police had detained some Mat Rempits who were suspected of being part of the Red Bull Gang. This gang was apparently robbing people, mainly women, at petrol stations late at night or in the early hours of the morning by using the Red Bull energy drink to temporarily blind their victims before robbing them.

I was told by an acquaintance, who is apparently an ex Mat Rempit, that different Mat Rempit gangs impose different conditions for membership. For some gangs, a person can only join if he owns the same brand of motorbike as the other members of the gang. Other gangs, however, require newbies to pass an initiation test - this typically involves an illegal motorcycle race against other members of the same gang or other gangs to see if the newbies can be an asset to the gang.

My acquaintance joked that if you have a space shuttle you can join the Malaysian angkasawan (astronaut) gang - so far, there are only 2 members and only one actually went to space.

Roti Canai Kaya Gang

I'm setting up the Roti Canai Kaya Gang. The object of the gang is to rob people who go to Mamak stalls late at night or in the early morning. We will blind our victims with kaya and rob them of their money, handphones and other valuables (including their slippers and shoes). The fruits of our activities will help cushion us against the current high cost of living.

Those who are interested in joining this gang must first post a slogan in the comments section, starting with "I want to join this gang because...". If you fulfill this prerequisite, I will tell you the other conditions.

Just post your slogans now ! I am waiting...


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