Yellow Ribbon Singapore, a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs, “helps inmates and ex-offenders rebuild their lives and lower the recidivism rate through skills and long term career development, with an effective aftercare support network.” It was in one of the Yellow Ribbon events that Whye Kee was demonstrating his pottery skills that he met Mrs Tharman, wife of Senior Minister Tharman, who invited him to join the grassroot organizations to serve the community.

For the first time in his life, he felt the joy of being in a position to help others. He was treated as a normal citizen and not as an ex-offender. This further consolidated his position as a contributing member of society, leaving his criminal past behind for good.