SINGAPORE - Well-known criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan is "irritated" with the new generation of lawyers, many of whom he feels do pro bono for publicity.
"They are jumping onto the bandwagon for their own selfish reasons," he told My Paper.
He may be less robust-looking than usual because of his failing health, but his signature grisly sideburns and hair, now speckled white, still give him a look many may have feared, in and out of court.
He may be fierce in his professional capacity, but many describe him as "compassionate". And with reason.
"Pro bono should come from the heart," he said.
He himself is not new to pro bono work.
His clients, many of them gangster-types who did not have money, used to give his mother eggs and chicken essence in exchange for his legal advice.
This, after he "accidentally" ventured into criminal law.
With his trademark photographic memory, Mr Subhas recounted his first case in the 1970s.
He said that a friend, who was a big shot in a multinational corporation, had been caught stealing flowers.
He managed to have his charge reduced from vandalism to theft. And because of the status of the man, the media was interested in it and published both their names.
That introduced him to the world.