Human rights lawyer and renowned poet Cecil Rajendra has converted his former law office in George Town into a reading room for the public.

Cecil Rajendra at the opening of his reading room in Penang

Cecil Rajendra at the opening of his reading room in Penang

The By, In, For & About Penang (BIFAP) Reading Room provides a quiet haven for senior citizens to read books and newspapers or for children to cultivate the reading habit or do their homework while their parents are in town.

Many of the books are about Penang written by Penang-based authors, said Cecil, a frequent contributor to Aliran. His work has also been published by Amnesty International and other international publishers.

Joining Cecil at the launch was Penang-based black-and-white photographer par excellence Ismail Hashim, an Aliran founder member

Joining Cecil at the launch was Penang-based black-and-white photographer par excellence Ismail Hashim, an Aliran founder member

The reading room is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on weekdays. It is located at 2 Che Em Lane, the entrance to which is just opposite the CIMB Bank along Beach Street.

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