Amrin Amin shares inspiring story of how a S’porean man turned his life around


Homeless, broke and dejected — Mr Amrin Amin used these words to describe Mr Dylan, a former constituent of his in Woodlands when they first met in 2019 at a Meet-the-People (MPS) session.

“Out from prison for unlicensed moneylending activities in 2017, he had nothing. Rocky family relationships. Drained by divorce proceedings. Crushed at the prospect of losing care and control of his young son,” Mr Amrin wrote in his Facebook post on Dec 7.

Mr Dylan wasn’t far from the nadir.

But instead of sinking closer to it, he sought help. And he found enough help — and hope — for him to turn his life around.

“The climb was arduous. Many times, he felt like giving up. It was too difficult. But he kept at it. And piece by piece, his life fell into place,” said Mr Amrin.

A rental flat? Check. A diploma in legal studies at Temasek Polytechnic? Working as a paralegal at a law firm? A place in Singapore University of Social Sciences Law school next year?

Check, check and check.

And the biggest W for Mr Dylan? Winning his son back with his sincerity and new-found stability.

Mr Dylan delivered the good news over coffee with Mr Amrin — a testament to the former Senior Parliamentary Secretary’s efforts in keeping in touch with the community.

Many more inspiring stories

He has a treasure trove of inspiring stories, naturally.

After all, Mr Amrin has met quite a few people during his MPS and running community outreach programmes for the Party.

There’s Mr Faizal, the fearless boatman who ran barefooted towards the blaze at Keppel Bay to help control the flame.

“Faizal could have left it to the firefighters or other people to manage the situation. Faizal chose to help,” Mr Amrin wrote of his fellow community volunteer.

Or Abang Sam, who treated 1,000 sticks of satay for needy families staying at Blk 39 Bendemeer Road.

“I’m heartened by Abang Sam’s kindness. He does not make much. He’s still staying at a rental flat in Chinatown. But that has not stopped him from helping those facing more difficult times,” said Mr Amrin.

How about the story of Mr Sufi Rashid, who pivoted from being a Singaporean singer based in Malaysia disrupted by the pandemic, to being owners of a special sambal together with his wife?

“They took to social media cooking sambal and sharing about life during lockdowns. Sales was hot like their sambal. They felt blessed. So when the floods hit Selangor in December 2021, Sufi, Aen and friends raced in a boat to help with relief efforts. They saw how people lost everything, but yet so calm, in good spirits. They learnt humility and resilience,” shared Mr Amrin.

There are a lot more stories to be shared.

It might not always seem so, but these are unassuming heroes out there who knuckle down and step up during a crisis. Their efforts make the everyday that much more extraordinary.

And these are prime examples that everyone of us can make a positive difference in the lives of our fellow Singaporeans.

The world does take unexpected turns, and here at ground level, we can help each other with it all.