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Diversity and Inclusiveness - Iftar with Colleagues

Malaysia is made up of a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious society and the practice of diversity and inclusiveness has been practiced for generations. Respecting the difference and celebrating the commonalities have been the fabric of a society like mine in my country as we too speak many different languages and dialects. In the organisation where I work, workers too comprise of different ethnic groups and they come from different countries in the world, thus diversity and inclusiveness is one of the elements inculcated in our work life so that people drom different countries will learn, understand and respect the society that they live in.

On Saturday, 19th July, our small group of 20 colleagues decided to come together to have Iftar. My boss did not know what Iftar is and I explained to him that it was a meal taken by Muslims during breaking of fast as this is the month of Ramadhan.

The weekend buffet at this particular hotel was generous and it displayed an array of local cuisine as well as BBQ’s treats like lamb, beef, chicken and not forgetting prawns, squids, fish and lobsters.

Iftar starts at 6:42 pm and the restaurant was filled to the brim with crowds and I guess this place must be popular with weekend treats. We were lucky that I booked two tables a week earlier.

For the selection of food and drinks and eat all we can, it is worth paying $25 per person.

By the end of the evening, we could not eat anymore as we were so full and we ended up just chatting away. I am glad that I have the opportunity to introduce to my non-Muslim colleagues the practice the we observe during the month of Ramadhan.

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Ruby3881 wrote on July 20, 2014, 10:40 PM

How wonderful that your country embraces diversity, and that your colleagues are wanting to share with one another their religious and cultural richness! It sounds like it was a wonderful feast!

AbbyBiha wrote on July 20, 2014, 11:44 PM

Ruby3881 Thank you for your comment and we gain knowledge through sharing and thus we will respect the differences and we can avoid conflict or misunderstanding.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 13, 2014, 10:59 PM

That is good that so many with different backgrounds got to share in the meal. The above food in the photo looks delicious.

AbbyBiha wrote on October 22, 2014, 3:15 AM

Thank you and we need to understand the culture and practice of each other.