Nine ‘ah long’ active in Penang nabbed in special ops by police

GEORGE TOWN: A total of nine “ah long” who were allegedly responsible for operating illegal money lending activities, vandalism and extortion in Penang have been arrested.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said the suspects were arrested during a special operation dubbed “Ops Cantas Khas – Ahlong” on May 24.

“The operation was aimed at eradicating an ‘ah long’ group conducting unlicensed money lending activities.

“The group is also believed to be involved in vandalism by pouring paint and hurling fireworks at premises as well as criminal extortion around Penang.

“Based on information, several raids under the special operation were conducted and nine suspects, aged between 22 and 36 years old, were arrested.

“They are believed to belong to a local ah long syndicate active in Penang.

“Seven of them have past criminal records including for drug offences as well as under the Moneylenders Act 1951 and Societies Act 1966.

“One of the suspects, a 28-year-old believed to be the leader, has two prior criminal offences.

“Also seized in the operation were several documents involved in the unlicensed money lending activity,” said Comm Shuhaily in a statement Thursday (June 2).

The case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief resulting in loss or damage, Section 435 of the Penal Code for mischief by causing a fire, Section 43 of the Societies Act 1966 for being members of unlawful societies, and Section 5(2) of the Moneylenders Act 1951 for conducting a money lending business without licence.