The Orchid Garden

A special space for tributes to the most important women in our lives.
Mothers, grandmothers, nannies, teachers, friends – whoever they are, these are the women who provide the inspiration and guidance in our everyday lives.

Also listed in The Orchid Garden are the women who have been honoured by organisations and publications in annual awards.

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Sharifah Khadijah Alkaff

Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 2009

Mdm Sharifah Khadijah Alkaff, a 55 year old single parent who on her own brought up three children, two of whom are mentally challenged, clinched the title because of her sheer determination, endurance and courage in raising her children. Her eldest son is educationally sub-normal while the youngest has cerebral palsy.
Hoping to raise her children in a normal, simple life, far from social pressure, she brought them with her to Brunei when she was offered a job there. She provided training to the only child of hers who is normal so that he will be able to assist her in taking care of his two siblings.

  • Ivy Singh-Lim
  • Khatijun Nissa Siraj
  • Neila Sathyalingam
  • Som Said
  • Theresa Goh
  • Teresa Hsu
  • Euleen Goh
  • Tan Yoon Yin