By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
Sin Chew Daily
In Malaysia, almost everyone has the opportunity to join secret society without difficulty.
If you are a young man, you will have 50% more chance.
Secret societies are open to all. You don't need an A or a good looking face to join.
Just like other societies in schools, secret societies welcome new members, have organised cadres and are active in promoting their activities.
Hong Men, Wah Kee, 04, 36, and Satu Hati are fighting for new members with Scouts, St. John Ambulance, Chinese Society, and Tamil Society.
For some students, secret societies are more attractive than uniformed groups. It is so hard to be a uniformed group member as they would have to march under the hot sun; learn tying knots and first aid; memorise all the rules and go around to raise fund.
It is more relaxing to join secret societies. All you need is to make a vicious face and give orders.
As for fundraising, there is no need to beg. Just ask, "you want to give or not?" After deducting the part for the boss, you can even keep the rest.
Moreover, it is so cool to be a gang member. It can even meet the desire for power, peer fear, and admiration from the opposite sex.
There are also admiration from the society.
Hong Kong-based comic Oriental Heroes demonstrated secret societies as a world of justice. Slashing, burning, kidnapping are necessary means while blood and violence are heroic acts.
Ten-year-old children have already agreed with these behaviours and joining secret societies became their great ambition.
A Better Tomorrow, Young and Dangerous and Infernal Affairs have become classics in the Chinese movie industry. Misbehaviours are covered by brotherhood love while violence are shown more effective than the rule of law.
Fifteen-year-old teenagers are so excited after watching these movies and immediately, they join a secret society so that they can be heroes, too.
Schools attended by Indian young people, their living environment and cultural ecologies are having even higher exposure to secret societies compared to the Chinese.
Please think, how have we actually educated our children and what kind of environment has been provided to them?
Under such an environment, there is no need to teach them. From input to output, it would be as easy as a straight line for secret societies to get members.
Therefore, the headline of this article should instead be "How to avoid becoming gang member".
It is much more difficult to answer this question.
First of all, never ever send your children to secret society preparatory schools. Please do whatever possible to avoid schools with signs of existence of secret societies.
Secondly, search and destroy all gang-themed comics, movie DVDs and books. Please do not hesitate even to smash your 52-inch television if you have to.
Thirdly, track the whereabouts of your children and understand what they are thinking. Develop their ideas of right and wrong and instil the rule of law concept of civilisation to lead them towards a bright future, and help them get the courage and confidence to overcome setbacks and keep pursuing their goals.
Lastly, if all the above methods fail, you can arrange a trip to visit the Simpang Renggam Jail, so that they can see the fate of gangsters. It might bring a shocking and preventive effect.