This Chinese New Year, one of our clients, Desmond*, was interviewed and featured in a CNY special, with the focus of the interview being his reintegration into the society and his thoughts about celebrating Chinese New Year with his family for the first time since his release. SACA’s role in Desmond’s reintegration process included helping him with accommodation, employment, goal setting and target achievement.
His case manager, Ms Asher Tay, was also interviewed and featured alongside Desmond’s story.
The story was picked up and published throughout the Chinese New Year celebration period by The New Paper, The New Paper Online, The New Paper (Facebook), Shinmin Daily, AsiaOne, NewsHub, HardwareZone Forum, Aflamhd.org, Lianhe Zaobao, and Lianhe Zaobao Online. The story certainly struck a chord amongst Singaporeans as articles telling the story were being shared and reposted online numerous times. It is indeed heartening to see the level of support the public has for well-meaning ex-offenders who determined to make good after their less-than-ideal pasts. Desmond’s core message to all offenders and ex-offenders alike was made loud and clear – to actively seek and accept the help and resources made available by organisations such as SACA to ease their reintegration into society.
*To protect the confidentiality of our client, his name has been changed to a pseudonym.