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SIBU, Dec 24: Family members and staff of Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies are reeling in shock over the sudden passing of the group’s chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong Chiong Hoo today.
Chiong Hoo who was just recently reappointed as executive chairman of Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad at its annual general meeting, was in his office this morning when he suddenly collapsed.
An ambulance rushed to his aid soon after.
Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said Chiong Hoo died at 12.23pm.
“He was found unconscious at 10am in his office by a cleaner who then informed his PA (personal assistant),” he said.
Stanley added that an ambulance came and took him to a private medical specialist centre.
“His death is confirmed by Dr Lau Shuk Fan of the centre. The body was later brought back to his residence at Mile 17, Jalan Sibu-Bintulu,” confirmed Stanley.
News of Chiong Hoo’s death quickly spread like wildfire throughout Sibu
Chiong Hoo, 59, was the youngest son of Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong Hiew King, the founder and a majority shareholder of Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies(RH).
Hiew King has two sons and four daughters.
According to a staff who declined to be named, Chiong Hoo had requested a cafe to prepared dinner packs for staff to bring home in conjunction with Christmas.
“Previously we had Christmas dinner but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible so he engaged a cafe to prepare a meal for us,” said the staff.
According to the Jaya Tiasa web portal, the late Chiong Hoo was responsible for developing corporate/business strategy and attaining the long-term growth objectives of the group.
He was the CEO of RH, a large diversified conglomerate in Malaysia comprising a range of industries such as media and publishing, oil palm plantations and mills, timber operations, oil and gas, mining, and other business around the world.
He held two Bachelor Degrees — one in Law and the other om Economics from Monash University, Australia. — DayakDaily