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, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Australia, Russia, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa Republic, Gabon, Brazil, 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’s venture into oil palm cultivation & processing started in 1988 with its first plantation located at Bakong Estate, near Miri, Sarawak. RH Group’s subsidiary, Rimbunan Sawit Berhad has become one of the significant players in Sarawak’s oil palm industry. More importantly, we have done this in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, ensuring zero open burning and controlled use of pesticides to reduce pollution of the soil and streams.
Modern agricultural practices have long been mainstays of our plantation operations. High quality seedlings are cultivated to ensure high yield and superior palm oil.
The future of palm oil cultivation is bright. The recent interest in bio-fuel in the wake of rising oil prices as well as rising demand from countries such as China is expected to increase demand for palm oil.
Palm Oil Mills
The two new palm oil mills (RH Lundu Palm Oil Mill, Kuching and RH Selangau Palm Oil Mill, Sibu) have boosted RH Group’s total mills in Sarawak to three. This has enabled us to process the oil palm fruits from both our own plantations and those of the neighbouring estates and smallholders.
Our state-of-the-art mills incorporate environmentally friendly mill design and employ latest technology (including PLC and SCADA) monitoring and automated control system to maximise the oil extraction rate from the Fresh Fruit Bunches and minimise oil loss, and also to maximise the extraction rate of the kernels.
We practise sound environmental practices. Under our zero wastage practice, empty fruit bunches are recycled as fibre for generating power supply. We treat mill effluent discharge in effluent ponds in strict adherence to Department of Environment standards to improve effluent water quality and reduce any adverse environmental impact on adjacent streams.
More than just processing facilities, our mills work closely alongside our R&D professionals to jointly explore other environmentally friendly and value-adding applications of the by-products.
Oil Palm Plantations