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, New Zealand, 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.
Rimbunan Hijau General Trading (RHGT)
Since 1983, Rimbunan Hijau General Trading Sdn Bhd has developed an experienced procurement team capable of servicing the high volume and wide range of products and services mirroring the diverse nature of the Group’s businesses.
Its products include an enviable inventory of spare parts for a varied fleet of different brands and models of tractors, trucks, 4-wheel drive vehicles, generators, tyres and ancillary equipment as well as camp building materials.
RHGT successfully leverages its procurement and distribution expertise and networks and its truck assembly experience to win product representations and dealerships. In 1988, it was appointed a dealer for the Kenworth parts in Malaysia. Since then, it has been awarded Toyota Motors dealership and is the authorized dealer for PROTON vehicles.
Its service division, Kejuruteraan Utama Sentiasa Sdn Bhd (KUS) provides a broad spectrum of rebuilding, repairing and inspection services for transport equipment ranging from heavy tractors, excavators, and trucks to passenger vehicles. We have invested heavily in well-equipped service and fabrication workshops, calibration and testing centres and developed a team of experienced mechanics, fitters and technicians to deliver consistent performance and superior service.
In 1990, we set up a tyre retreading facility under All Round Tyres Sdn Bhd(ART). It applies advanced European tyre retread technology to extend the life of both highway and off-road trucks tyres. This initiative results in significant cost saving on tyres and proves successful in recycling a high volume of used tyres, reducing waste and environmental pollution of otherwise discarded tyres. It is another example of how we employ science to help achieve an environmentally friendly and sustainable business operation.
As the RH Group expands overseas, RHGT’s reliable services is again called upon to help give our overseas businesses a competitive edge in the efficient procurement and delivery of products. Its successful model has been replicated in some of our overseas operations.
Rejang Green Agriculture Supplies Sdn Bhd
Rejang Green Agriculture Supplies Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Rimbunan Hijau Group, was established on 2nd January, 2004. It serves as backline support for plantation companies in the Group. It supplies a variety of agricultural products ranging from fertilizer, fungicide, insecticide, herbicide, stimulant, surfactant to personal protective equipment and tools.
RH Trading – Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Another opportunity to leverage the depth of experience and expertise of our people in volume procurement and distribution activities was created with the establishment of RH Hypermarket Pty Ltd in PNG. Passing on discounts from bulk purchases to our customers, the Hypermarket has been well embraced by the local people in Port Moresby, PNG, as we help to lower their cost of ordinary household consumables without sacrificing product quality.