YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong Hiew King was born to a poor family in Sarawak, Malaysia in 1935. Although he had to tap rubber when he was young, he had a strong thirst for knowledge. He graduated from Chung Cheng Primary School in Sibu, and later Methodist High School and Sacred Heart High School.
Subsequently, he took up a correspondence course with a Chinese university as he knew there was no limit to what a person could learn. He began his working life at his uncle's timber company, which laid a solid foundation for his future development. In 1975, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong set up Rimbunan Hijau. He showed the kind of perseverance that Fuzhou people are known for. Together with some of his brothers, Rimbunan Hijau Group established a solid reputation and has emerged as a revered multinational corporation.
YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong has worked on a global scale to erect a diversified business spanning six continents, whose countries and regions include Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Russia, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, British Guyana, Canada, and the United States. He also has investments in Qinzhou, Shanghai, Harbin and Guangzhou in China. Other than timber exports and timber processing, his business has also expanded to media and publishing, agriculture (oil palm plantations and mills), oil and gas, mining, aquaculture, reforestation, finance, information technology, trading and property development.
In 2010, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong Hiew King was awarded "Malaysia Business Leadership Award 2010 – The Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his entrepreneurship achievements and contribution to the country. In Malaysia, there are four public listed companies under the Group, namely Subur Tiasa Holdings Berhad, Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad, Rimbunan Sawit Berhad, and Media Chinese International Limited. The Capitalists magazine named YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong as one of Malaysia's ten richest businessmen.
RH Group ventured into the ICT field in 1995. Spearheading the venture is COMSERV (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, a pioneer ICT company in Sarawak. As early as 1986, it was awarded the biggest IT project ever undertaken by the Sarawak State Government then to provide integrated software for survey, mapping, title registration and revenue collection systems for the Department of Lands & Surveys, Sarawak.
In 1989, COMSERV was appointed by IBM Malaysia as their System Remarketer for the sales and support of IBM midrange computers. It marks the beginning of new initiative to focus its IT expertise on certain strategic products. In 1990s more product representations followed: authorised Microsoft Solution Provider, Oracle Authorised system Integrator, IBM Business Partner for IBM AS/400 and RS/6000, COMPAQ dealer etc.
Building on its early strength and pool of experienced and talented IT personnel, COMSERV has grown into a leading integrated ICT group in Sarawak.
In Peninsular Malaysia, RH Group’s ICT subsidiary, Optical Communications Engineering Sdn Bhd. (OCE) manufactures and supplies optical fibres, optical fibre cables, patchcords, pigtails as well as their associated accessories and services to companies requiring high-speed communication products and services.
Manufactured to relevant ITU standards and specifications, OCE fibres and cables are stringently tested to ensure highest quality and are capable of meeting customers’ exacting specifications. All OCE products are individually labelled to indicate ID codes and optical test results.
OCE is capable of meeting the demand for singlemode and multimode fibres and optical cables of both the domestic and international markets.
PenangFON is a service provided by OCE in association with Astute Properties Sdn. Bhd.
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