What Rainforest?

Sir ‘Untouchable’
June 16, 2009, 1:13 am
Filed under: Indigenous People, Land, Logging, Media Reports, Oil Palm, Politics, Pulp & Paper

The Untouchable Tiong Hiew King of Rimbunan Hijau has become even more untouchable… The Queen Of England has recently knighted Tiong for his services to commerce, community and charitable organizations in Papua New Guinea.

That’s ‘Sir’ Tiong Hiew King for you from now on.

Below is the news report taken from The Star’s Starbiz section… but first, here’s a tribute to Sir Tiong, read ‘The Untouchables’, a report by Greenpeace on his venerated exploits in Papua New Guinea, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Indonesia, New Zealand and Russia. Donwload it here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/the-untouchables-rimbunan-hi

Tiong honoured knighthood
From Starbiz, The Star
16 June 2009

PETALING JAYA: Rimbunan Hijau Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King has been bestowed with one of the high honours in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours’ list in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and will now be called “Sir”.

He was recognised for services to commerce, community and charitable organisations.

Also knighted were PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu and Central Bank governor Wilson Kamit. They were among more than 90 people recognised for their services to the country in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours and awards.

Founded in 1975, Sarawak-based Rimbunan Hijau’s overseas timber operations in Papua New Guinea are the largest in that country. Tiong also has interests in logging operations in Russia.

With a reported net worth of about US$1.1bil, Tiong is ranked by Forbes as the 840th richest person in the world.


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Sir Tiong Hiew King aka Sir Grabalot — It’s a great honor for the local Sibu Foochows.

Interestingly enough, the latest Rainforest Music Festival just wrapped up in Kuching. But as they say – WHAT RAINFOREST?

Sources say the festival will be renamed The Oil Palm Plantation Music Festival next year.

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