Non-executive Director and Chairman (Non-independent)


Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King
Malaysian, male, aged 70


  Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King was appointed as an executive director of Media Chinese International Limited (the “Company” or “MCIL”) on 20 October 1995 and was re-designated as a non-executive director on 1 April 2017. He was then appointed as the Chairman of the Company on 1 April 2018. He has extensive experience in media and publishing, information technology, timber, plantations, oil palm and manufacturing industries.

Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG graduated from the National University of Singapore with an MBBS Degree in 1975 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom (MRCP) in 1977. He was conferred the datukship title of Dato’ Sri by the Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia on 24 October 2008 in recognition of his contribution to the country.

Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG currently serves as a non-executive director of Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad, a listed company in Malaysia and as a nonexecutive director and Chairman of RH Petrogas Limited, a listed company in Singapore. He is a trustee of Yayasan Sin Chew and sits on the board of a subsidiary of the Company.

He is a brother of Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King, an uncle of Ms TIONG Choon and Ms TIONG Yijia and a distant relative of Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong. Both Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King and Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King are substantial shareholders of the Company. In addition, Ms TIONG Choon, Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong and Ms TIONG Yijia are directors of the Company.

Executive Director & Group Chief Executive Officer


Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong
Malaysian, male, aged 61

 

Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong was appointed as an executive director of the Company on 2 May 1998. He is the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee. Mr TIONG is also the Deputy Chairman of One Media, a subsidiary of the Company which has been listed on the Main Board of the HK Stock Exchange since October 2005. Mr TIONG sits on the board of Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad (“Nanyang”), The China Press Berhad (“China Press”), and a number of subsidiaries of the Company. He is also the alternate trustee to Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King in Yayasan Sin Chew. He has extensive experience in media and publishing business and is also one of the founders of The National, an English newspaper in Papua New Guinea launched in 1993. Mr TIONG obtained his Bachelor Degree of Business Administration (Honours) from York University, Toronto, Canada in 1982.

 

He is a distant relative of Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King, Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, Ms TIONG Choon and Ms TIONG Yijia. Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King and Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King are substantial shareholders of the Company. In addition, Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, Ms TIONG Choon and Ms TIONG Yijia are directors of the Company. 

 

Executive Director


Ms TIONG Choon
Malaysian, female, aged 52


Ms TIONG Choon was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company on 31 March 2013 and was re-designated as an executive director of the Company on 17 July 2017. She was appointed as the Chairman of One Media Group Limited (“One Media ”) on 1 April 2018, a subsidiary of the Company which is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HK Stock Exchange”). She is a director of Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad (“Sin Chew ”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company in Malaysia and sits on the board of a number of subsidiaries of the Company. She has started her career with Rimbunan Hijau Group since 1991 and served in various managerial and senior positions in plantation and hospitality sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Monash University, Australia. She is currently a non-independent non-executive director of Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad, a listed company in Malaysia.

Ms TIONG is a daughter of Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King, a niece of Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, a cousin of Ms TIONG Yijia and a distant relative of Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong. Both Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King and Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King are substantial shareholders of the Company. In addition, Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong and Ms TIONG Yijia are directors of the Company. 

Executive Director


Mr WONG Khang Yen
Malaysian, male, aged 53

Mr WONG Khang Yen was appointed as an executive director of the Company on 1 July 2021. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee. He is a director of Sin Chew and the Group Chief Executive Officer of both Sin Chew and Guang-Ming Ribao Sdn Bhd. He also sits on the board of Nanyang.

Mr WONG joined the Group in 1992 after he graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Hons) Degree from University of Science Malaysia in the same year. He started his career in Sin Chew and became a senior manager in 1997 and the General Manager in 2006. He assumed the post of Group Marketing Director in 2010 and a year later became an executive director of Sin Chew. He currently oversees the sales and marketing operations, as well as leading the business expansion and diversification of Sin Chew Group. 

Executive Director


Mr LIEW Sam Ngan
Malaysian, male, aged 63

Mr LIEW Sam Ngan was appointed as an executive director of the Company on 1 July 2021. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee. He is a director of Nanyang and its subsidiaries, and is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nanyang. He also sits on the board of Sin Chew and Yayasan Nanyang Press.

Mr LIEW joined the Group in 1994. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He started his career in one of the major public accounting firms after graduation in 1983. He joined the media industry in 1987 and has since then gained extensive working experience in the media industry. He had worked in New Strait Times Press, Life Publishers and Nanyang. Prior to taking up operating role in China Press in 2001, he was the Group Financial Controller of Nanyang. 

Executive Director


Ms TIONG Yijia
Singaporean, female, aged 36

Ms TIONG was appointed as an executive director of the Company on 1 July 2021. She is a member of the Group Executive Committee. She is the Chief Strategy Officer of Ming Pao Newspapers Limited and a director of Ming Pao Holdings Limited and WAW Creation Limited.

Ms TIONG joined the Group in 2011. She has extensive experience in business Development, media operations, sales and marketing and corporate management. She has been involved in developing the digital business including the WAW digital creative and production arm and the Power Up e-commerce platform to complement the Group’s media offerings in Hong Kong. Ms TIONG graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Economics and Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Politics) Degree.

She is a niece of Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King and Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, a cousin of Ms TIONG Choon and a distant relative of Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong. Both Tan Sri Datuk Sir TIONG Hiew King and Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King are substantial shareholders of the Company. In addition, Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King, Ms TIONG Choon and Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong are directors of the Company. 

Independent Non-executive Director


Mr IP Koon Wing, Ernest

Chinese, male, aged 60

Mr IP Koon Wing, Ernest was appointed as an independent non-executive director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of the Company on 1 July 2021. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (formerly known as Hong Kong Polytechnic) in 1984 with a Professional Diploma in Accountancy. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Mr IP has over 35 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Mr IP joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong in April 1985 and became a partner in November 1993. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong in July 2019. In August 2019, Mr IP joined the Fung Group, which comprises Li & Fung Limited (a company formerly listed on the Main Board of The HK Stock Exchange), Fung (1937) Management Limited, Global Brands Group Holding Limited (a company listed on the Main Board of the HK Stock Exchange (stock code: 0787)) and Convenience Retail Asia Limited (a company listed on the Main Board of the HK Stock Exchange (stock code: 0831)). Mr IP is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Fung Group.

Mr IP has held various key positions in regulatory authorities and business associations. He was a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange from 2003 to 2009 and a member of the Dual Filing Advisory Group of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong from 2008 to 2014. Currently, Mr IP is a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel and the Takeovers Appeal Committee. Mr IP is a Vice President of the Hong Kong Business Accountants Association. He is also a member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a Vice President of the Council for the Promotion of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation. 

Independent Non-executive Director


Datuk Chong Kee Yuon
Malaysian, male, aged 55

 

Datuk CHONG Kee Yuon was appointed as an independent nonexecutive director of the Company on 1 April 2016. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee of the Company. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the United States in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Datuk CHONG has over 25 years of experience in the field of education and corporate training. He is the managing director of Erican Education Group, an education provider engaging in tertiary education, early education, language training and corporate training. He is also the president of Branding Association of Malaysia. 

Independent Non-executive Director


Mr KHOO Kar Khoon
Malaysian, male, aged 56

 

Mr KHOO Kar Khoon was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company on 23 June 2016. He is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. He has extensive experience in the media and advertising industry and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom. Mr KHOO started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1990 after graduation. He built his career in the advertising industry and joined Bates Advertising during 1991 to 1995, holding the position of Cost Accountant. He was one of the key founders of Zenith Media, which was established in 1995 and is the first and one of the largest media specialists in Malaysia, principally engages in providing advertising and marketing services in Malaysia. Mr KHOO then joined Nestle Products Sdn Bhd in 2000 as Media Manager. During 2009 and up to June 2016, he was promoted and acted as the Communications Director o f the company. In January 2020, Mr KHOO has been appointed the Senior Advisor (Branding & Marketing) to Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas) — a private equity company owned by the Government of Malaysia.

 

Mr KHOO is a veteran and active player in the advertising scene in Malaysia where he was also the President and Advisor to the Malaysian Advertisers Association (MAA), Executive Member of Asian Federation of Advertising Association (AFAA), Board of Advisor to School of Marketing , University Utara Malaysia (UUM), Board Member of Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) and Board Member of Communication and Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF) in Malaysia.