Ex-gang member graduating from poly with gold medal

Mr Sim Rong Xing (right) receiving the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal from Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.
Mr Sim Rong Xing (right) receiving the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal from Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

He scores in accounting and finance course at Temasek Poly and mentors troubled youth

He was in a gang by the time he was 14, smoking, drinking and staying out late with friends who gave him a sense of belonging.

His father lived in Malaysia, and his cashier mother and sister were his only company at home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2018, with the headline 'Ex-gang member graduating from poly with gold medal'. Print Edition | Subscribe