Winning against the odds

More than just tattoos up his sleeves

Nanyang Polytechnic graduate Gary Lau runs a non-profit organisation providing free tuition to disadvantaged children.
Nanyang Polytechnic graduate Gary Lau runs a non-profit organisation providing free tuition to disadvantaged children.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Over two weeks until Thursday, more than 25,000 students are graduating from the five polytechnics. The Straits Times speaks to a graduate from each poly to find out how they pressed on despite obstacles.

His body is covered in tattoos, but Mr Gary Lau is not a gangster. At least, not anymore.

The 27-year-old, who graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) with a diploma in social sciences (social work), runs a non-profit organisation providing free tuition to disadvantaged children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'More than just tattoos up his sleeves'. Print Edition | Subscribe