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According to the History of Wah Kee, Wah Kee (华记) was created in Singapore by Su Guang Hua (苏广华), and his brotherhood Zhao Guang Heng (赵广恒) created Guang Kee (广记) in Guang Zhou (广州) China, Guan Fu Sheng (关福胜) created Sheng Kee (胜记) in Thailand, Zhang Xiong Jie (张雄杰) created Jie Kee (杰记) in Vietnam.
In the 1950s, they operated openly in the area around Bentong and placed a member on the local council of Jemaluang. During this time, they were commonly associated with the Malaysian Chinese Association, with politician D. R. Seenivasagam going so far as to describe this connection in Parliament.
In recent times, they are mainly in the Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Penang, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak, Perak and other areas. In Singapore, Wah Kee is mainly in the China Town area. The triad also have some branches in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
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- "TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: A THREAT TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY", The Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Department of Foreign Affairs, July 8, 2000.