Yellow Ribbon Singapore: why employers should show compassion

I’m glad that more employers have employed ex-convicts with some even affirming that they are valued employees.

These employers are good examples of compassionate people. A society that is built on compassion will be a happy one is my conviction.

A person should not be condemned for the rest of his life, and be treated like an outcast in society because of a past conviction. Society must not be so unforgiving over a person’s one moment of rashness or foolishness. Often it’s desperation over poverty that leads him to crime. 

Ex-convicts also possess skills and knowledge like everyone else. They can certainly contribute if given a second chance. The media could highlight success stories to encourage employers who are still dithering over whether to employ ex-convicts.

How about the government? Is it setting an example in employing ex-convicts? As the largest employer it should be able to absorb many ex-convicts.

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