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CONTRABAND: Australian customs officers found 20 plastic bags said to contain live and dead endangered fish concealed in Alex Chang Kuok Weai's luggage when he arrived at the Adelaide Airport on a flight from Singapore on Feb 2.
CONTRABAND: Australian customs officers found 20 plastic bags said to contain live and dead endangered fish concealed in Alex Chang Kuok Weai's luggage when he arrived at the Adelaide Airport on a flight from Singapore on Feb 2.
Alex Chang Kuok Weai.

He has a doctorate, was a polytechnic lecturer and heads a department at one of the biggest fish companies here.

But yesterday, Alex Chang Kuok Weai, 44, was charged in Australia with attempting to smuggle endangered fish into the country.

If sold, the fish would have netted Chang, the head of Qian Hu Corporation’s research and development, at least A$235,000 (S$250,000), according to figures reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

ABC reported that customs officers allegedly found 20 plastic bags of live and dead endangered fish in his luggage when he arrived at the Adelaide Airport from Singapore on Feb 2.

Around 26 of the fish were listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

In an online press release, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said that a search of two properties linked to Chang in Adelaide resulted in more exotic fish being found, including an Asian Arowana, valued at almost A$30,000.

A spokesman for Qian Hu said Chang was on leave when he visited Australia in his personal capacity. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 10. 

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