The police have arrested five individuals for being involved in a funeral procession, in which one of the vehicles was seen carrying a logo that is believed to be linked to a secret society
According to Bernama, the arrest came after two videos showing the funeral procession went viral on social media.
The videos are said to be taken at Pantai Dalam and Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 14 March.
In a 36-second long video that SAYS sighted, a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) can be seen carrying a photo of the deceased, while beneath it is a wreath that features the number '36'.
The video also shows two huge banners featuring a photo of an individual — believed to be the deceased — hanging on a flat-like building. The road in front of the building is covered with residue left by firecrackers.
China Press reported that nearly 20 motorcycles can be seen sending off the deceased, making loud noises as well as causing traffic congestion.
A report by The Star in 2013 had described 'Gang 36' as one of the most feared secret societies in the country that was made up of Chinese and predominantly Indian members.
Brickfields district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects and the deceased were friends since childhood
The deceased was a 28-year-old man, who died in a car accident at 7am on 14 March.
Prior to his death, the deceased told his friends that he wished that his relatives and friends would set off firecrackers to send him off.
The suspects did as the deceased wanted to fulfil his last wish, reported China Press.
The five suspects — aged between 18 and 26 — were arrested at separate locations around Kuala Lumpur between 9pm on 16 March and 2.30am on 17 March
Anuar said one of the suspects had a past criminal record of committing mischief.
Bernama reported that three cars — a Toyota Vellfire, a Toyota Camry, and a Honda Civic — along with a Yamaha LC motorcycle, and a bouquet of flowers in the shape of the number 36 were seized by the police.
The case is being investigated under Section 52 (3) of the Societies Act 1966, Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957, Section 269 of the Penal Code, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.