Minister Tiong resigns from timber company

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Tourism Minister Tiong King Sing yesterday resigned from Sabah-based timber trading company Timberwell Berhad, according to the company’s announcement on Bursa Malaysia.

Up to his resignation, Tiong, the Bintulu MP, was the company’s executive director and managing director.

Timberwell’s filing with Bursa states the reason for his resignation was “due to other personal commitments”.

Tiong, who is the president of Sarawak’s Progressive Democratic Party, was appointed as the tourism minister by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in December.

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He is the second politician in Anwar’s administration to have relinquished their positions in logging companies recently.

Prior to this, Sarikei MP Huang Tiong Sii had resigned as the director of logging firm MM Golden (M) Sdn Bhd on Dec 6, which has been implicated in illegal logging activities and intimidation of locals.

Huang relinquished his position three days before he was appointed as the deputy natural resources, environment and climate change minister. – Malaysiakini