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Rare, priceless orchids stolen from Penang flower show

Published on Jun 7, 2014 2:16 PM
 
The Paphiopedilum rothschildianum can only be found in Sabah. More than 15 prized orchids worth a total of RM20,000 (S$7,800) have been stolen from the Penang Floral Festival venue, including a grand prize-winning endangered species that could only be found in Sabah. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - More than 15 prized orchids worth a total of RM20,000 (S$7,800) have been stolen from the Penang Floral Festival venue, including a grand prize-winning endangered species that could only be found in Sabah.

The flowers, which were on exhibition at the Penang Botanic Gardens, vanished overnight.

Event manager Tony Tan, who is also Federation of Malaya Orchid Society vice-president, said the orchids had been displayed at the same spot since last Sunday but were found to be missing when a committee member arrived at the venue on Friday morning.

"When I was notified, we proceeded to inform the Gardens which provided the guard duty from 7pm to 7am daily," said Mr Tan, adding that they lodged a police report.

 
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