Every reformed ex-offender wishes to put the past behind them. However, the reality is that the world outside the prison after incarceration is a metaphorical second prison, restricting their options severely. The difficulties faced by someone with a criminal record may serve as a deterrent for would-be offenders, but is also a burden on reformed ex-offenders. Whye Kee shares his desire to be seen not as an ex-offender, albeit a successfully reformed one, but as any normal Singaporean.

Successful re-integration is not only beneficial to the ex-offender but to society at large. One ex-offender that successfully re-integrates is one less re-offender and one less victim. More than that, it is one more contributing member of society.