Sarawak tycoon Ting Pek Khiing dies

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK prominent developer Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing has passed away in Kuching today.

The 76-year-old was said to have been in critical condition for days before taking his last breath this afternoon.

Coming from a humble background, where as a child he used to help his father sell fruits in Bintagor.

He later started his career as a subcontractor when he was 22 years old and rose to become one of the top developers in the state.

Tun Taib Mahmud, who was the then chief minister, had also recommended Ting to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the latter wanted to build a hotel in Langkawi before the inaugural Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exposition in 1991.

Ting made headlines after he managed to complete the Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort in just 100 days.