School is a draw for ex-convict, 45, with teachers' support

Mr Rahman Sanip, 45, with Dr. S Chandrasekaran, 60, head of McNally School of Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Arts. Mr Rahman, a former drug addict who developed his passion for art while he was in prison, is pursuing a fine arts diploma and hope
Mr Rahman Sanip, 45, with Dr. S Chandrasekaran, 60, head of McNally School of Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Arts. Mr Rahman, a former drug addict who developed his passion for art while he was in prison, is pursuing a fine arts diploma and hopes to be an art teacher or work as a display artist one day. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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At age 45, Mr Rahman Sanip stands out among his teenage coursemates pursuing a fine arts diploma at Lasalle College of the Arts.

But he is determined not to let this deter him, as the course is a fresh start for the former convict, who has spent the last 20 years in and out of prison.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2020, with the headline School is a draw for ex-convict, 45, with teachers' support. Subscribe