By B. Nantha Kumar
The Malaysian Wildlife Department is still silent on the status of a Malaysian property investment firm allegedly involved in illegal ivory trade in Kenya. The department has yet to reply an e-mail by FMT querying the status of the company and if any action has been taken against anyone for illegal ivory trade.
This is despite the news on July 8 that Malaysian firms were involved in illegal ivory trade in Kenya.
On July 8, the Daily Nation, a Zambian online news portal claimed that Malaysian companies were implicated in illegal ivory trade in Kenya.
According to the news report, Kenyan authorities had inspected a vessel at the port of Mombasa and found ivory hidden in between 240 bags of groundnuts. The cargo was meant for Malaysia.
Documents revealed that the importer of the “cargo” was Chuan Enterprises of Malaysia while the exporter was indicated as “Fresh Produce of Nairobi.”
A FMT investigation revealed that Chuan Enterprises is registered as a property investment and management company with Registrar of Companies (ROC).
A visit to its official address revealed that the firm was closed with no sign of operations.
ROS documents state that Chuan Enterprises was registered in 1971 as a tin-mining firm and was still in operation.
Other companies operating out of the same address are Chuan Tin Mining Sdn Bhd, Dewa Kemajuan Sdn Bhd, Jati Kemajuan Sdn Bhd, Sri Lanang Sdn Bhd and Usahami Kemajuan Sdn Bhd.