Posted: 06 Sep 2011 12:01 PM PDT
"The shipment was declared as recycle crush plastic' (sic) and was on transit from the Dar es Salaam port to China," Customs assistant director-general Datuk Zainul Abidin Taib said.
Zainul said the tusks, hidden among the recycled plastic in the 20-foot containers, weighed about 2,000kg and were seized on Friday.
On Aug 19, 664 elephant tusks weighing 1,586kg were seized in Penang.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Zainul said both shipments were from Tanzania, and had stopped for transhipment in Malaysia, with China being its final destination.
On the Port Klang seizure, he said they had sent a team to "escort" the two containers, after being tipped off by Customs officers in Penang, to the department's marine enforcement store.
A Customs team checked through the two containers and found 92 plastic bags of tusks amidst the recycled plastics.
Zainul said there was a possibility that the same syndicate was behind the Penang and Port Klang cases due to the same modus operandi.
"Investigations are ongoing. So far, no arrest has been made in both cases," he said.
Zainul said they wanted to find out why the smugglers had chosen to transit in Malaysia instead of sailing directly to their final destination.
"Logically, it is not cost-efficient to stop for transit," he said.
He added that the perpetrators had violated the International Trade in Endangered Species Act, which carries a fine of up to RM100,000 per animal, or a maximum of RM1mil in total.
Zainul said those with more information on smuggling activities should contact the Customs Department at 1800-88-8855.
"We want to prevent Malaysia from becoming a transit hub for illegal goods," he said.
Last week, wildlife monitoring trade network Traffic regional director Dr William Schaedla said Malaysia had emerged as a major hub for illegal ivory trade in the past few years.
News reports have stated that at least 20 tonnes of illegal ivory have passed through Malaysian ports since 2003.
Just a week ago, 794 African ivory tusks were confiscated by Hong Kong authorities after they arrived by sea from Malaysia.
The tusks, estimated to be worth HK$13mil (RM4.97mil), were concealed in a consignment declared as non-ferrous products for factory use.
The seizure came after another report that about 1,000 elephant tusks hidden in a container of anchovies, bound for Malaysia late last month, were seized by Tanzanian authorities
Posted: 04 Aug 2011 10:56 PM PDT
17 July 2011. Sewaktu saya pulang bercuti di Malaysia tempuh hari saya berkesempatan untuk mengikuti beberapa majlis anjuran ahli JOCKL . Antaranya jamuan makan ala barbique anjuran saudara kamarul dan keluarga di Port Klang . Walaupun majlis ini agak sederhana tetapi kemeriahan nya tetap dirasa terutama ahli JOCKL dimana kami dapat berkumpul , bermesra dan merapatkan silaturrahim . Tahniah kepada saudara Kamarul dan semua ahli JOCKL kerna acara seperti ini akan memantapkan lagi persefahaman dan keakraban sesama ahli . antara ahli JOCKL yang hadir
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