Thumbs up for move helping former youth offenders make fresh start

Mr Jasper Yap, chief technology officer of online marketplace Eezee.sg, says former offenders like him fear the public scrutiny that comes with revealing their criminal past. ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR
Mr Jasper Yap, chief technology officer of online marketplace Eezee.sg, says former offenders like him fear the public scrutiny that comes with revealing their criminal past. ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

In secondary school, Mr Jasper Yap mixed with the wrong crowd, started smoking and even joined a gang. By 14, he had already been in gang fights, consumed drugs and robbed a taxi driver.

After he was caught for vehicle theft and robbery, he was sent to the Singapore Boys' Home for two years in 2009.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2019, with the headline 'Thumbs up for move helping former youth offenders make fresh start'. Print Edition | Subscribe