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.
Our Group’s foray into the Chinese language publishing business grew as a commitment to serve the Chinese communities and promoting Chinese cultural heritage around the world.
Driven by his cultural conscience and foresight, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong in 1987 invested heavily to salvage Sin Chew Daily. The Daily has a long history and strong influence in the Chinese community in local areas but was on the brink of closure. He was invited to revive Malaysia’s Sin Chew Jit Poh by its employees and senior leaders of the ethnic-Chinese community. He assumed the post of Chairman and under his dynamic leadership, Sin Chew Daily today has emerged as the country’s largest Chinese-language daily. He is also the Chairman of Sin Chew’s sister publication, Guang Ming Daily.
In 1990, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong established “The National“, a neutral, English-language newspaper, at the invitation of the government of Papua New Guinea.
On 23rd April 2007, the merge of the three Chinese-language publishing groups, MingPao Enterprise, Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad and Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad became official. The consolidation of these three groups is aimed at creating a global Chinese language media group, which will emerge as one of the largest Chinese language print media platforms. The merger is a major step taken by YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong to realize his vision of bringing his Chinese-language media groups “from local to world” and from “printing to multimedia”.
On 30th April 2008, the merge of these three newspaper groups led to the formation of “Media Chinese International Limited“. It became Malaysia’s first primary dual listing in Malaysia cum Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange.
Sin Chew Media
Our acquisition in 1988 of Sin Chew Jit Poh (Sin Chew Daily), enables us to build it into the largest Chinese newspaper in Malaysia. With its daily circulation of more than 360,000 copies nation-wide, Sin Chew Jit Poh has become a household name in Malaysia and a favourite source of news and entertainment among the local Chinese reading public. The Chinese language paper contributes to the growth of Chinese education by publishing magazines such as Bintang SinChew and Sinaran SinChew, targeted at school students.
Building on our success with Sin Chew Jit Poh, we acquired ‘Guang Ming Ribao‘ in 1992, turning the former regional Chinese daily into a nationally distributed paper. It currently ranks as the fourth biggest selling Chinese daily in the country.
A progressive news publisher, Sin Chew Jit Poh was the first Malaysian Chinese paper to go online in 1995. The paper soon launched its umbrella portal at www.sinchew-i.com. In 2000, we initiated a joint venture with major Malaysian newspaper publishing companies to form Malaysian Newsprint Industry Sdn. Bhd. to produce newsprint locally, contributing to the growth of the Malaysian newspaper printing industry.
In 2004, Sin Chew Daily celebrated its 75th anniversary and its service to community. In 2005, both the Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily were publicly listed under Sin Chew Media on Bursa Malaysia.
Ming Pao Enterprise Corporation
Our commitment to grow our media business is further strengthened by our overseas expansion programme. In 1995, we acquired Ming Pao Group, which publishes popular Chinese newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong SAR as well as North America.
Our Hong Kong flagship Chinese daily, Ming Pao Daily News, a renowned Chinese newspaper in its own right, celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2004. It has consistently won media industry awards for high journalistic standards and editorial excellence.
We continue to provide authoritative news and analyses to our readers and have expanded our publications to North America. Currently we are helping to keep them informed of the updated events and news in mainland China and Hong Kong with our sister editions in Canada (e.g. Toronto, Vancouver) and the United States (New York, San Francisco).
Leveraging on the popularity of our venerable newspaper and magazines, Ming Pao Group’s internet portal (mingpao.com) has grown into a quality news and editorial content provider that also offers value-adding e-services.
Mingpao.com has consistently won awards as one of the top 10 healthy websites by the Hong Kong Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority. It was the Winner of the Best Chinese Website, awarded by Society of Publishers in Asia in 2003.
Nanyang Siang Pau
Tan Sri Tiong emerged as the major shareholder of the Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad when his family company, Ezywood Option Sdn Bhd, acquired 21.02 per cent stake from Huaren Holdings on Oct 17, 2006.
Prior to the acquisition, Huaren Holdings was the major shareholder of the company, with 42 per cent stake, making it the single largest shareholder of the company which owns two Chinese dailies; Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press. Henceforth, the Group owns Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press.
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