WHEN Mr Muhammad Fariz Mustaffa joined a logistics firm in February after leaving prison, he had difficulty adjusting to working life.
"I was a job-hopper before I went to prison, and had this attitude of changing jobs because I was bored. I never stayed anywhere for more than three months," said the 30-year-old.
But when he planned to resign from Poh Tiong Choon Logistics, his supervisor, Mr Mohamed Zamir Noor Halipah, encouraged him to stay.
"There were times Fariz faced issues managing time with his family and work, and was not at work when he was supposed to be, but I approached him and tried to help him out," said Mr Zamir.
For his compassion and help, Mr Zamir, 33, was given the Model Supervisor Award yesterday by the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score), a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs which helps inmates and former offenders rebuild their lives. The annual Score Appreciation Awards ceremony held at the Concorde Hotel Singapore recognised 73 people and organisations for their contributions to the cause.
The Singapore Academy of Law, Resorts World Sentosa and Mr Phillip Tan, chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, also received awards. The fund is devoted to rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for former offenders and their families.
As of May, Score had 4,145 registered employers who could give former offenders jobs. As of last year, it had helped 2,123 inmates secure jobs that they could go to after their release.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, the guest of honour yesterday, said welcoming former offenders back into society is critical to building a fair and inclusive country.
"Sometimes we may make the wrong choices in life, but we want a society in Singapore where there is always a second chance - in fact, multiple chances - to get things back on track," he said.