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Myanmar can 'learn from, not copy Singapore'

Nation's success worth studying, up to a point, says Suu Kyi on first visit

Published on Sep 24, 2013 7:43 AM

Even as she seeks to learn from Singapore's institutions, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her country should not copy them wholesale.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday to wrap up her first visit here, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was, by turns, complimentary and critical of her hosts.

Asked what she saw in Singapore that she might like to recreate in Myanmar, Ms Suu Kyi responded: "I don't think 'recreate' is the word, 'learn' yes."

On education, for instance, she said Singapore's system was very "workforce-oriented", going by a presentation given to her by the Education Ministry and her tour of the Institute of Technical Education College East.

Ms Suu Kyi meeting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana yesterday. They discussed Myanmar's development, and PM Lee reaffirmed Singapore's support for Myanmar's chairmanship of Asean next year. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
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