Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Istana today. Prime Minister Anwar was accompanied by his wife, Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Minister of Transport Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Minister of Communications and Digital Fahmi Fadzil, Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, and Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
Prime Minister Anwar made a courtesy call on President Halimah Yacob and met Prime Minister Lee, who hosted an Official Lunch in his honour. President Halimah and Prime Minister Anwar affirmed the warm and longstanding partnership between Singapore and Malaysia. They welcomed efforts by both sides to expand cooperation, including through various high-level exchanges such as Prime Minister Anwar’s ongoing visit to Singapore and President’s forthcoming State Visit to Malaysia in March 2023.
During their meeting, Prime Minister Lee and Prime Minister Anwar reaffirmed the longstanding and immutable friendship between Singapore and Malaysia. They welcomed the reopening of borders and increasing connectivity between the two countries. They agreed on the importance of working together to deepen ties in mutually beneficial areas, as well as address bilateral issues in a constructive manner. Prime Minister Lee invited Prime Minister Anwar to visit Singapore again for the Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat in 2nd half of 2023.
Prime Minister Anwar and Prime Minister Lee witnessed the signing of the Frameworks on Cooperation in Digital Economy and Green Economy between the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Personal Data Protection, Cybersecurity, and Digital Economy between the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information and Malaysia Ministry of Communications and Digital. These agreements will deepen the cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia in harnessing technology to improve the lives of our two peoples.
A new orchid hybrid, the Dendrobium Anwar Azizah, was named in honour of Prime Minister Anwar and his wife, Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Dr Wan Ismail. A factsheet of the orchid hybrid is at Appendix.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
30 JANUARY 2023
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Dendrobium Anwar Azizah
This is a spectacular Dendrobium orchid hybrid. It produces semi-arching inflorescences of about 45 cm in length
that bear around 20 to 28 well-arranged flowers, each flower measuring approximately 4.5 cm across.
The elegantly curled sepals have a mauve background adorned with purple striations, while the distinguished petals are velvet purple.
They are beautifully complemented by a broad and vivid violet lip.
The orchid is named after His Excellency Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim,
Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Dato Seri’ Dr Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail on 30 January 2023.
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