Poet Cecil Rajendra opens reading room in Penang

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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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Tom Fawthrop
11 May 2014 1.03pm

Bravo Cecil!

so delighted to see u in action in Penang in support of peoples libraries,and hope to catch up with u one of these days.

Hi Anil I can support u by sending a DVD of my my environmental film about the damming of the Mekong WHERE HAVE ALL THE FISH GONE?

see my website

k.s. hameed
k.s. hameed
21 Dec 2012 12.37pm

It is very nice for Cecil to open up the Library for juniors
as we as seniors. For a senior a library is very important
as he has more time in his hand. He cannot be buying
all the books, magazines and papers.

I hope many more Libraries are open in the country.
I remember when I was in London, every nook and corner
had a library. Rich fellows rather than throwing parties
must open up Libraries.

Best of Luck to Cecil.

Ah Pek
Ah Pek
21 Dec 2012 12.05pm

We hope a caring tychoon in Penang can sponsor a Audio/Video PC equipment so that a screening room can be set up to show latest social issuesupdates/videos so that the seniors like me who cannot access the digital info can benefit.

Thank you.

Batu Ferrighian
Batu Ferrighian
20 Dec 2012 5.46pm

This is what Penang needs…not shopping malls 🙂

Btw, Ismail Hashim is so cool. He was my photography lecturer back in Uni. This guy just oozes talent.

Yes, and Cecil too 🙂

rajan
20 Dec 2012 4.51pm

Cheers ! A right Royal stout is good for you !

Thuan Poe Poh
20 Dec 2012 3.11pm

Congratulations and Thank You Mr. Cecil Rajendra.
I think this is a most useful and a brillant contributIon for all the people in Penang, and others too. You have my undivided suport and admiration.. Will visit it whenever I go back to Penang.
Poh Thuan Poe, Seremban 2 Malaysia