Malathi Das passed away peacefully on 12 April 2022, aged 53.

Undoubtedly a leading light of family law in Singapore, Malathi was more than a colleague to us. Ever the team stalwart, Mal assured with her unstinting loyalty, friendship and care. She rallied us with her spirited sense of fun and good humour, injecting play into our work-day office parties like there is no tomorrow. Never imagined that her inimitable laughter that joyfully peppered our gatherings would be gone too soon.

In her work, whether for clients or pro bono, Mal epitomised professional decorum and grace, values and integrity, that shone with heart and warmth. Her chosen field found her, many a time, with those in their darkest hour - for them, she was the angel that lit the way to hope and a fresh start. Mal's mastery of this legal terrain provided them the sure-footed path forward, knowing that she had their back at each twist and turn.

Mal was the wind beneath the wings of many a women's cause, giving her time, energy, talent and support, to countless initiatives and projects on this front. All with cheer, without fanfare and sustained over a generous length of time.

Irrepressibly convivial, time in Mal's company was always easy and comfortable. Friends and colleagues of Mal, old and new, young and aged, from near and far, across geographical and cultural boundaries, in all walks of life, can easily attest to this.

Mal, you have shown us, that it is not the length of life, but the depth of life that counts. And we thank you for that. 

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