Macau triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ believed to be hiding out in Malaysia

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In 2020, a listed company in Malaysia, Inix Technologies Bhd announced the appointment of three new directors — 65-year-old Chinese national Wan Kuok Koi as independent non-executive chairman; Datuk Tan Choon Hwa, 63, as non-independent non-executive vice-chairman; and Lee Han Keat, 42, as an executive director.

30th January 2021 – (Kuala Lumpur) Wong Kuok-koi, a Chinese triad boss known as “Broken Tooth” from Macau who is being investigated by Australia and the US is suspected to be hiding in Malaysia and believed to be persisting in his underworld activities. Wan Kuok-koi  popularly known as Broken Tooth is a gangster and former leader of the Macau branch of the 14Ktriad. He was released after more than 14 years in prison on 1st December 2012, and in years following has reportedly been involved in illicit gambling projects in Myanmar associated with illicit drug production and transnational organized crime groups operating in and around the Golden Triangle (Southeast Asia).

In December 2020, the United States has designated three individuals from Macau (Wong Kuok-koi), Kyrgyzstan, and Liberia, and three entities from Hong Kong, Palau and Cambodia for sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act, according to the Treasury web site.

In 2020, a listed company in Malaysia, Inix Technologies Bhd announced the appointment of three new directors — 65-year-old Chinese national Wan Kuok Koi as independent non-executive chairman; Datuk Tan Choon Hwa, 63, as non-independent non-executive vice-chairman; and Lee Han Keat, 42, as an executive director.

The Straits Times reported today that the 65-year-old gangster is also now on the Malaysian wanted list for gangsterism and fraud amounting to RM6 million, after he failed to transfer shares of public-listed Inix Technologies Holdings Berhad to a third party as agreed.

According to the Singapore daily, a police report was filed against Wan Kuok-koi here in September last year and he has been on the Malaysian wanted list since 16th October.

“The police are also aware that there is an investigation launched by their Australian and US counterparts on Wan’s illicit business activities, but they have yet to detect any attempts by him to expand his criminal activities here,” an unnamed source told The Straits Times.

Wan was appointed non-executive chairman of Inix last August and resigned four months later on 2nd December, and replaced by former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun who also resigned from the post after just five days, the paper reported.

According to the news report, authorities in Malaysia are also investigating share price manipulation relating to Inix, following unusual trading activity in the company’s stock around the time Wan was appointed to the board.

“He was appointed based on the recommendation of a shareholder who personally knew him.

“Although investigators believe that there was some element of manipulation, there has been no evidence linking the company to this illegal activity,” the source said.

Citing information from the Immigration Department, The Straits Times reported that Wan was recorded leaving Malaysia in December 2019.

Last month, Reuters cited the US Treasury saying Wan was expanding his criminal activities throughout South-east Asia on the back of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

Excerpt of article appeared in The Straits Times.

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