Family tight-lipped over tycoon Tiong Hiew King’s health

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PETALING JAYA: The family of Tiong Hiew King, executive chairman of Media Chinese International Limited Group (MCIL), has denied rumours he suffered a stroke.

Rumours surrounding the Sibu-born timber and publishing tycoon’s health have been circulating among the business community in Sarawak over the past few days.

His family however has maintained that he is “okay”.

Hiew King’s younger brother, Dudong state assemblyman Tiong Thai King, when contacted, neither confirmed nor denied the rumours that his brother had been admitted to a hospital in Singapore recently after suffering a stroke.

“He is okay,” Thai King said repeatedly although questioning the origin of the rumours.

When asked to confirm if the rumours were true, Thai King maintained that his brother was “okay”.

News has been circulating among the business community in Sarawak that Hiew King, 82, who is also the founder and executive chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau Group, was admitted to a hospital in Singapore recently.

However, the rumour that he had suffered a stroke could not be confirmed.

Hiew King was named one of Forbes’ Malaysia’s richest tycoons in 2014.