In 2014, I was sentenced to 18 months in prison. I completed my sentence and was released.
Throughout my stint in prison, I was, and remain to-date, deeply remorseful and ashamed of the actions that got me into prison in the first place. I took, and still take, full responsibility over my actions back then. I acknowledge and am genuinely apologetic of the harm I have caused, but I know there is nothing I can do to undo what I have done.
Hence, upon my release from prison, I vowed to turn over a new leaf. I worked on correcting my flaws, and ensuring that I was no longer the person I was once was. For the last eight years, I have stayed on the straight and narrow, and I have not wavered from my determination to be a law-abiding, productive, and actively-contributing member of society.
I am immensely grateful to have met many wonderful people who have helped me through this second chance in life, in one way or another. They include my bosses, my wife, and my friends. They made me into a better person, and have given me opportunities to contribute to society.
I hope to continue giving back to society through my research in History, especially the history of Singapore, and to be judged by my present growth and contributions.
I am constantly working on improving myself, and ensuring that the past is not repeated.
Thank you for reading this, and for understanding.
Many ex-convicts face significant social stigma in many areas of their lives after incarceration. They struggle to rebuild their lives. They are rejected by their families. They have no homes or jobs to look forward to. Some even prefer prison for providing for their daily needs and giving them stability in life.
The Yellow Ribbon Project is a non-profit organisation that champions hope, forgiveness, and second chances for ex-offenders. By reintegrating ex-offenders and allowing them to give back to society, the cause contributes to a more compassionate and inclusive Singapore.
My wife and I donate a small amount every month to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.