Sio Sam Ong

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Sio Sam Ong, or SSO for short (小三王), literally meaning "Three Little Emperors", is a leading Chinese triad in Malaysia; with a strong presence in the north (i.e. Kedah, Perlis). Mainly based in Penang, it is widely considered to be one of the most powerful triads in the country. Like their counterparts in Singapore & Taiwan, the Sio Sam Ong mostly consists of the Hokkien ethnic group.


It is believed that Sio Sam Ong was established during the 1940s to 1950s; being mainly active in northern Malaysia. According to the Malaysian police, Sio Sam Ong is currently one of the most active triads in Penang and it is believed that its members were actively involved in politics by joining the Malaysian Chinese Association. It is currently headed by Dragon Head, Ong King Ee, nicknamed "Jackie Chan".

According to Penang police the triad had been involved in international drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, extortion, racketeering and loansharking at its height.

The triad gained notoriety by the slaying of six people in Taman Bersatu, Sungai Petani, in September 1992. The members were also involved in at least 10 murders in the state in the late '80s and early '90s.

There were five members executed for betraying the triad, the remains were exhumed from unmarked graves in Mount Erskine, Penang. Many of its high-ranking members are still high on the Malaysian Police wanted list.