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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Norliah Saman

Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 1998

Mdm Norliah Saman is a single mother of seven children who worked tirelessly in multiple jobs, sold Malay delicacies and sewed clothes to earn a living. Her husband passed away in 1975 and she was left with the uphill task of raising her children on her own.
Setbacks aplenty, she still managed to nurture her children well enough and provide for them till they achieved success in their chosen professions.

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