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In a first for Singapore’s corporate counsel community, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) hosted a Buka Puasa (or Iftar) event to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on 7 June.

The event was open to all members of the legal profession and jointly organized with Ashurst, an SCCA partner.

The event was part of SCCA’s efforts to champion diversity and inclusion in Singapore workplaces, and engage the legal profession in its journey to accept and embrace the differences in society.

At least three SCCA executive committee members joined Muslim members of Singapore’s legal profession in fasting for a day, including the SCCA’s president emeritus, Angeline Lee.

There was also a sharing session involving attendees at the event, which included Ahmad Nizam Abbas, the chairman, Muslim law practice, at the Law Society of Singapore, where Muslim members of the legal profession shared the significance of Ramadan and their own reflections of balancing religion and the practice of law.

Attendees of the event broke bread at 7.10pm. Feedback to the event was positive and the SCCA plans to hold the event again next year.