Orchid named after Singapore's founding PM
An orchid named after former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was on Tuesday presented to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana.
Singapore: An orchid named after former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was on Tuesday presented to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana.
Lee Kuan Yew passed away Monday morning at the age of 91.
National Parks Board CEO Kenneth Er and National Orchid Gardens nursery manager David Lim, who bred the flower, presented it to Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, accepted the hybrid flower which produces flower sprays of up to 10 flowers each.
The hybrid is the result of a cross between a native orchid, the arachnis hookeriana, and another Hawaiian orchid in the Vanda series similar to Vanda Kwa Geok Choo, which is named after Lee Kuan Yew's late wife who died in 2010.
The orchid can be seen by visitors to the wake in the main hall of Sri Temasek, where Lee Kuan Yew's casket lies, on Tuesday. The public can see the orchid in Parliament House when the founding prime minister's body will lie in state there from Wednesday to Saturday.
As for the private wake, it's estimated that about 2,500 visitors from local organisations are expected to offer their condolences on Tuesday.