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.
Rimbunan Hijau Foundation, which was launched in 1982, is now offering its year 2023 scholarship to deserving students.
The foundation is set up to provide financial assistance for the needy and the most deserving students, irrespective of race, religion and creed, to enable them to pursue higher academic studies at institutions or universities. We all recognize that higher education is vital and is the most direct path to success in a person’s future career. We aim to reduce the financial hardships faced by children of low-income families, and to date; our scholarship has already benefited more than 599 students.
Priorities are given to students who achieved good results in the public examinations (SPM & STPM) or its equivalent, have gained admittance to a recognized institution or university and are from low-income families.
The Board of Trustees is led by the Chairman of the Foundation, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong Hiew King. Other members of the Board are YBhg. Datuk Tiong Thai King, Mr. Tiong Kiong King, Mr. Charles Tiong Yong Lik, Mr. Chai Tian Yew, Mdm. Judy Wong and the secretary Mr. Toh Ka Soon.
The 2023 application form is available now and can be obtained from the Secretary of the Foundation at Menara Rimbunan Hijau, 101 Pusat Suria Permata, Jalan Upper Lanang, 96000 Sibu or downloaded from our website: www.rhg.com.my
The closing date for the year 2023 application is on 6th August 2023.
Any applications received after this date will not be accepted. For more information, please contact Ms Cherry Kong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (084) 216155.