Non-executive Director and Chairman (Non-independent)


Dato’ Sri Dr TIONG Ik King
Malaysian, male, aged 69

 

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 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 and Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong are directors of the Company.

Executive Director & Group Chief Executive Officer


Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong
Malaysian, male, aged 60

 

Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong was appointed as an executive director of the Company on 2 May 1998. He is the Group Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and a member of Remuneration Committee of the Company. 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 and Ms TIONG Choon. 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 and Ms TIONG Choon are directors of the Company.

Executive Director


Ms TIONG Choon
Malaysian, female, aged 51

 

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 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 and Mr TIONG Kiew Chiong are directors of the Company.

Executive Director


Mr LEONG Chew Meng
Malaysian, male, aged 64

 

Mr LEONG Chew Meng was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company on 14 April 2008 and was re-designated as an executive director of the Company on 31 March 2013. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. He is an executive director of Sin Chew. He also sits on the boards of Nanyang, China Press and a number of subsidiaries of the Company. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce and Administration Degree majoring in accountancy from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, New Zealand. He is an accountant by profession with extensive working experience of more than 40 years in Malaysia. In his professional roles, he was previously the financial controller and finance director of several foreign-owned multinational companies in the manufacturing, trading and re tail sectors, and he subsequently diversified into the commercial sector as a business consultant and financial advisor to both private entities and public listed companies. His financial expertise and business acumen in the media industry has spanned over a period of more than 15 years.

Independent Non-executive Director


Mr YU Hon To, David
Chinese, male, aged 72

 

Mr YU Hon To, David was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company on 30 March 1999. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of the Company. He is a director of Ming Pao Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. He is also an independent non-executive director 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 YU is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was formerly a partner of an international accounting firm with extensive experience in corporate finance, auditing and corporate management.

Mr YU is an independent non-executive director of China Renewable Energy Investment Limited, China Resources Gas Group Limited, Haier Electronics Group Co., Limited, Keck Seng Investments (Hong Kong) Limited, MS Group Holdings Limited, New Century Asset Management Limited ( the manager of New Century Real Estate Investment Trust which is listed on the HK Stock Exchange), and Playmates Holdings Limited, which are listed companies in Hong Kong. In the past three years preceding 31 March 2020, Mr YU had been an independent nonexecutive director of Synergis Holdings Limited.

Independent Non-executive Director


Datuk Chong Kee Yuon
Malaysian, male, aged 54

 

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 55

 

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.