Exhibition on Singapore's future to round off SG50 celebrations

An exposition giving a glimpse of Singapore's future, involving several key agencies, will cap SG50 celebrations this year, SG50 steering committee chief Heng Swee Keat told The Straits Times. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
An exposition giving a glimpse of Singapore's future, involving several key agencies, will cap SG50 celebrations this year, SG50 steering committee chief Heng Swee Keat told The Straits Times. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Even as they celebrate the nation's jubilee anniversary, Singaporeans will get a chance to visualise what their country might look like over the next 50 years.

An exposition giving a glimpse of Singapore's future, involving several key agencies, will cap SG50 celebrations this year, SG50 steering committee chief Heng Swee Keat told The Straits Times.

To be held near Gardens By the Bay at the end of the year, it will have interactive exhibits that show what life could be like in Singapore in the coming decades in a range of areas, from education to leisure and the urban landscape.

Some of the ideas will hopefully come from Singaporeans, who will be asked to share their hopes and aspirations for the country's future in the run-up to this "finale event", Mr Heng said on Thursday.

Mr Heng, who is also Education Minister, said Singaporeans, together with the Government, would have to make major decisions that could affect the country's survival and success in the years to come.

"We need to get everyone to think about what kind of journey we want to build," he added.

The large-scale futuretogether.SG exhibition comes at the end of a year that will see well over 100 events to commemorate SG50, many of them organised by individuals and groups tapping into a $5-million celebration fund.

Already, some $3 million has been disbursed for 100 projects, and another 250 proposals are being evaluated.