Merdeka Generation: 'Son of Ubi' firmly rooted in the area

Above: Mr Low Ah Sai volunteers at an activity centre for the elderly and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Left: Mr Low in the early 1980s, when Changi Airport had just opened.
Mr Low Ah Sai volunteers at an activity centre for the elderly and has no intention of stopping any time soon. PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG, COURTESY OF LOW AH SAI

While the pioneer leaders were the architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story of our Merdeka Generation, those born in the 1950s who lived and persevered through a tumultuous period.

From growing up on a poultry farm to seeing high-rise Housing Board blocks being built, Mr Low Ah Sai knows how much the area around Kampung Ubi has changed over the past 50 years.

The 64-year-old easily rattles off the names of the area's former streets, now long gone, and knows what used to be on the site where HDB blocks now stand.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2019, with the headline ''Son of Ubi' firmly rooted in the area '. Print Edition | Subscribe