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by chong kah yuan
Endangered species: The Paphiopedilum rothschildianum can only be found in Sabah.
GEORGE TOWN: More than 15 prized orchids worth a total of RM20,000 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 Sunday but were found to be missing when a committee member arrived at the venue at 8.50am yesterday.
“When I was notified, we proceeded to inform the Gardens which provided the guard duty from 7pm to 7am daily,” said Tan, adding that they lodged a report at the Pulau Tikus police station at 10.50am yesterday.
He said the committee then contacted the respective plant owners to apologise.
“We estimated that the total worth of the stolen orchids at RM20,000. The Paphiopedilum rothschildianum is priceless since it is an endangered species and can only be found in Sabah.
“Some owners have expressed disappointment and said that they might not participate again next year,” he said.
The owner of the Paphiopedilum rothschildianum, Sin Chan Wah, 56, took the news in good stride when he was informed about the theft.
“I am disheartened but I trust the organising committee to handle the issue,” said Sin, who owns a plant nursery in Cameron Highlands.
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