• Russell Tan
  • July 27, 2019
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2019 APOC Kuching

by Wong Siew Hong 

The 13th APOC took place at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from 24 to 28 July 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak. The Show coincided with Sarawak Day, which took place on 22 July 2019.
Sarawak, as we all know – is home of the Dyaks, Rajah Brook, the orangutan, the hornbill, Kolok Mee (I know – this is not something alive) and the inimitable Paphiopedilum sanderianum. Kuching – the Cat City – is its capital and the largest city in the state. Some may describe Kuching as sleepy, even a back-water. I beg to disagree. Yes, it is not as frenetic as the metrop-olises like Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu – but therein lies its charm. Getting off the plane and during the drive into town, I was struck by how similar and yet different Kuching feels from the other places in Malaysia. After a moment’s reflection, it struck me – what was different was the absence of traffic jams and the ubiquitous litter that is so prevalent throughout the other Malaysian cities. It was such a refreshing change. I love the place already.


The theme of this year’s APOC is “Cultural Exchange Through Orchid”. With participants from (in no particular order) Brunei, Malaysia, Sabah and (naturally) Sarawak, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Chi-na, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Japan, the show truly lived up to its moniker as the Asia Pacific orchid show. It was a great opportunity to see great orchids and displays, to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The organizers are to be con-gratulated.

Our Team and Theme


OSSEA, and Singapore sent a strong contingent to support the Show, both during the set up and at the Judging.

On the registration and judging side, Dr Emrys Chew and JB Tay were involved as Registrars. Lim Guat Bee, Lim Chiauw (and with a special appearance) Ame Lim were in charge of plant registration.

As for OSSEA, the display set up was led by Peggy Tan, Sudha Nair with support from Ling Kam Kong, President K Gopalan and I showed up to lend a hand where we could. We had a load of help and support from Mr Neo Tuan Hong and his so.
Dr John Elliott and Dr Teoh Eng Soon were speakers. Dr Elliott about the conservation of hybrids and pitched APOC14, which will take place in Singapore in 2022. Dr Teoh spoke on the use of orchids as aphrodisiacs.

OSSEA Display and Competitive Plants

OSSEA’s landscape display has as its theme, “Singapore Then and Now”, which featured an attap house and sampan to evoke images of old Singapore as a fishing village, a girl playing swing on a rubber tire (reminiscent of the statue in SBG) – to a replica of the Singapore Flyer.
A lot of hard work and planning went into the display. An advance team in fact went to Kuching 2 months before, to scout the location, to speak with the organizers and the contractors.

We can be very justifiably proud of the final work-product. The Mayor of Sabah stopped by and admired our landscape display.

In the individual plant section, Den OSSEA 90th Anniversary won in Class 14.

Au revoir

The 13th APOC was a success and a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends, while admiring (and acquiring) more orchids. the 14th APOC in Singapore in 2022. We look forward to that event.



Did You Know?


The Fellowship of OSSEA is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Orchid Society of South East Asia. It is presented to individuals who have made important and visible contributions in the field of Orchidology.

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