Events in the life of Sir Jean Etienne Moilin Ah-Chuen
At the age of 31, Sir Jean Etienne Moilin Ah-Chuen became the youngest President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce
His hard work and initiatives were recognized by the British Colonial Government who nominated him to sit as a member of the Legislative Council to represent the Chinese community. Later on, he participated in the parliamentary General Elections and got elected.
After Mauritius became independent, he was appointed Minister of Local Government in the Government of National Unity of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first Prime Minister of Mauritius, and served for seven years in that capacity.
Through his connections in Hong Kong and Taiwan, he contributed significantly in the successful establishment of the Mauritius Export Processing Zone which has been the textile pillar of the economy, creating over 60,000 jobs.
Honorable Sir Jean Etienne Moilin Ah-Chuen was a relentless promoter of Chinese tradition, culture and values. He was one of the founder-members of the World Hakka Federation in Taiwan. He also brought the Hong Kong Nam Wah football team to Mauritius on two occasions.
Sir Jean Etienne Moilin Ah-Chuen was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at Buckingham Palace. It was the pinnacle of his 28 years as a representative of the people on the Mauritius Legislative Assembly.
His heirs converted his residence in Rose Hill into a Memorial Centre and Museum as a remembrance of his love for his family and as a legacy for the future generations. He had a collection of over 3,000 photos.
On the same occasion, a book on his life, written by the historian Mrs. Lilian Berthelot, was launched. This book, originally written in French, has also been translated into English and Chinese.