Cecil Rajendra is a lawyer by profession but a poet by compulsion. He read law at the University of Singapore and Lincoln's Inn, London. He is in private practice and has served on the Malaysian Bar Council as Chairman of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Committees. Cecil is also a poet of international repute. His poems have been published and broadcast in over 50 countries and been translated into several languages. His classic satirical poem on security laws "The Animal & Insect Act" attracted over three million hits on the Internet. He was the first recipient of the Malaysian Lifetime Humanitarian Award for his inspirational poetry and pioneering legal aid work.