President Halimah to make three-day state visit to KL, will have orchid named in her honour

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SINGAPORE – President Halimah Yacob will be making a state visit to Malaysia from Monday to Wednesday at the invitation of the country’s King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah.

Her trip to Kuala Lumpur will include a state welcome ceremony and banquet at the Istana Negara, the King’s official residence, where she will also have an orchid named in her honour.

This is the first time an orchid naming ceremony has been part of a state visit by a foreign dignitary to Malaysia, said the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Saturday. 

During the three-day visit, she will receive a call from Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and meet female politicians.

She will also meet the Sultan of Perak and chancellor of the University of Malaya Nazrin Shah, in her capacity as chancellor of the National University of Singapore.

Madam Halimah’s trip comes shortly after Mr Anwar’s visit to Singapore at end January – the first here since he was sworn in as PM in November – where he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and called on Madam Halimah at the Istana.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also visited Malaysia in January.

This is Madam Halimah’s first state visit to Malaysia and reciprocates Sultan Abdullah’s visit to Singapore in October 2022.

He and his wife Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah will be hosting a state banquet in Madam Halimah’s ...

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