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‘Then and Now’ Series

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"I feel as if my life is just about to begin."

My name is Kim, and I am 22 this year, just like Yong Vui Kong. I have by no means had any run-ins with the Law, but I am not a perfect person. There are things in my past, just as I am sure others have, that I am deeply ashamed of; I have done … Continue reading

"Please give Yong a second chance in life too."

I grew up in a lower-middle income family in Singapore and my parents were always busy at work just to make ends meet. My elder brother used to bully me and we often fought when we were young. Whenever my dad comes home, he would beat the hell out of the two of us whenever … Continue reading

>"He deserves a second chance."

My story is hard to talk about but I will tell you… I have suffered from depression, anxiety, panic, and a lot of other issues ever since I was about 2 years of age. I have never felt close with my parents (family). I was adopted when I was a few weeks old. I guess … Continue reading

"I am more than my mistakes."

Flipping through my diary of 2007 is a strange, strange experience. The stories are familiar, but it almost feels as if I’m reading about someone else’s life. I turn the pages past flyers, Neoprints, birthday cards, newspaper cuttings and little romantic notes from my very first boyfriend; I recognise them but they seem to be … Continue reading

"I can’t imagine how much I would lose if my life is going to end right now."

Thinking back, I have gone a long way since my teenage years. When I was 15 to 16, I lost interest in my studies. I did not do well for a few subjects and was even made to drop one. I managed to pull through my ‘O’ levels with an average score. Design was something … Continue reading

"Human beings are all fallible."

When I was 19… Wow, that was a long time ago! As I remember, when I was 19, life was such a bore. I was waiting to complete my National Service. I was keenly looking forward to University and excited about my entire life ahead of me. What a contrast with Vui Kong, whose life … Continue reading

"It’s never too late for people to change."

When I was 18, I was in my 2nd year of my pre-U days but working hard to get into University was the last thing on my agenda at that time. All I wanted was to be seen as this cool gal in school; I wanted all the attention I could possibly get. I got … Continue reading

"A person who has a heart gives second chances."

I share something in common with Vui Kong. I have run afoul of the law before. I will spare you the details of what happened to me, but I’m admitting this fact so that those who are reading this will know that I’m not shooting my mouth off. Yes, I did not face the death … Continue reading