Co - Chairman: Sir Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King, Executive Chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau Group:
Tiong Hiew King was born in Malaysia in 1935. His ancestors were from Mingqing, Fuzhou, China. As a famous Chinese-Malaysian entrepreneur and community leader in the Southeast Asian cultural and academic fields, Mr. Tiong currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau Group, Chairman of Media Chinese International Ltd., and Sin Chew Media Corporation. Meanwhile, he also serves as Director of Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia), Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) and Ming Pao (Hong Kong). Mr. Tiong is Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Hokkien Association of Malaysia, Director of the World Association of Chinese Newspapers, and Honorary Chairman of the Global Chinese Media Cooperation Union. His company is one of the world’s top 500 enterprises, and he himself is ranked among the top 100 richest men by the Forbes list.
Mr. Tiong was appointed as a Senator of the Malaysia Parliament from 1985 to 1991 in Malaysia and was conferred the title of “Tan Sri” by the King of Malaysia. He was knighted by the Queen of the United Kingdom in recognition of his services to commerce, community, and charitable organizations in June 2009.
Mr. Tiong Hiew King is continuously dedicated to overseas Chinese societies and economic and cultural exchange between overseas Chinese and their ancestral land of China. He is also keen on keen on public service and philanthropy. Because of his outstanding contributions in this regard, Mr. Tiong has been graciously received by the leaders of the Chinese government, including Jiang Zheming, Zhu Rongji, Hu jintao and Wen Jiabao in recent years.