Raise your hands to the future at SG50 Carnival

Raise your hands to the future at SG50 Carnival

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong mingled with Ang Mo Kio and Hougang residents at yesterday's SG50 Carnival at Ci Yuan Green Park - and even joined in a robot-led exercise routine.

The Ang Mo Kio-Hougang Grassroots Organisations event - themed "Past, Present and Future" - features an exhibition of old items, a robot that gets seniors exercising and an Infocomm Development Authority bus on which children could explore coding and 3D printing.

Mr Lee was accompanied by Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min and Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs Seng Han Thong and Yeo Guat Kwang. Mr Lee posed with murals, including a 1971 photo of his late father, first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, planting a yellow flame tree in the Tanjong Pagar district.

Hougang resident Ang Bah, 68, showed Mr Lee a kerosene lamp he had used in the 1960s. He told the Straits Times in Mandarin: "It's important to show young people these things as they don't know what it was like then. We had to fight for every cent we got."

Mr Lee also joined a crowd of senior citizens doing exercises led by robot coach Xuan, a final-year project by Ngee Ann Polytechnic electrical engineering students. Mr Van Koh, 21, who worked on the robot, said: "Technology should be used to encourage the elderly. This robot can get them to interact more with technology and get used to it."

This article was first published on May 4, 2015.
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