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.
10 years (1996 – 2005) have passed, and our 3rd decade has seen even greater achievements. During this period of robust growth, RH Group expanded into China, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Brazil.
Newspaper & Printing
In Sarawak, during the years 1997 and 1999, RH Group strengthened its media operations by using fibre optics transmission technology, and operating print factories in Kuching and Sibu. Sin Chew Daily thus became the first national newspaper to be printed in Kuching via fibre optics transmission technology, enabling readers in Sarawak to get the same news as published in Peninsular Malaysia.
Hong Kong, USA and Canada
RH Group leveraged on its media experience and depth through its purchase of Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Group, a company that also has printing operations in the USA and Canada.
In March 2003, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud declared the Launching of Planted Forests Project at Rejang Pelagus, Kanowit, Sibu. The Project is our response to the Government’s call to establish more than a milliion hectares of forest plantations in Sarawak.
Companies Listed On Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE)
In 1997, Subur Tiasa Holdings Bhd was listed on KLSE. It is involved in the manufacturing of veneer, plywood, particleboard, sawn timber, timber moulding and finger-joint products.
In 2004, Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad was listed in KLSE.
In 2003, RH Hypermart Pty Ltd has pioneered the largest Hypermarket chain in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).