JOHOR BARU - A notorious gang leader known as "The Don", who is believed to be involved in several murder cases in the state, has surrendered to the police.
The man, believed to have been evading the police dragnet for sometime, surrendered to a senior officer at the state police headquarters several days ago.
The man, in his 30s, is believed to be linked to several murder and extortion cases over the past few years.
It is learnt that The Don, who has been remanded until month's end, had been held under the Emergency Ordinance at the Simpang Renggam detention camp previously.
Sources said all the murders were gang-related fights involving rival groups from Gang 21 and 04.
One of the cases involved the murder of a 25-year-old man in Taman Sri Lanang Kota Tinggi on Aug 31, 2010.
Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Che Mahazan Aik confirmed the arrest but declined to elaborate.
In an unrelated case, at least 17 motorcycles were torched in two separate incidents in Little India along Jalan Trus here in recent weeks.
Police are investigating all angles inclu- ding gang rivalry or businesses affected by motorcycles parked in front of their premises.
Sources said police were also investigating whether thieves or arsonists were torching the vehicles after the local council started installing metal chains at designated mo- torcycle parking areas to curb motorcycle thefts.
The motorcycles belonged to Malaysians who parked them at the lots early in the morning before heading to Singapore for work.
Johor Baru Fire and Rescue Department zone chief Raja Saiful Iswandy Raja Hassaf said the cases had been handed over to the police, as their investigations showed that the fires were not due to natural causes.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru City Council public relations officer Mohd Firdaus Abdul Hamid said the metal chains were being installed in at least five areas in the city.