Over at New Mandala Sophie Lemiere editor of Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People has written a great piece on Pekida which builds upon her essay in Misplaced Democracy “Gangsta and Politics in Malaysia”.
Pekida is she argues a “brand” utilised by a variety of NGO’s, gangs and organisations in order to run cultural and political activities in connection with political parties and particularly UMNO.
Pekida is perhaps then something like a grey area in which crime and politics meet and connivance militants prosper. Yet as Lemiere argues the relations between crime and politics in Malaysia may be undergoing fundamental changes.
To find out more the full piece can be found here.