By B. Nantha Kumar
The Malaysian company named by Kenyan authorities, allegedly to be involved in illegal ivory trade is registered as property investment and management company with the Registrar of Companies.
The firm, Chuan Enterprises, was named by the Daily Nation, a Zambian online news portal, on July 8 claiming that the Malaysian company was 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.”
The seizure came barely a week after another container with 1,478 kilogrammes of ivory was intercepted at same port.
A check by FMT, with the Registrar of Companies showed that Chuan Enterprises was registered as property investment and management company based in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Damansara.
According to the ROC, the company was formed in 1971 and was still in operation.
The firm was closed when FMT visited it at its official address. There was also no sign of any form of operations at the office. More....