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Straits Times Asian Of The Year

Observers say

"Thein Sein has changed the global image of Myanmar from a pariah to a state now widely accepted in the world. His policy changes have been courageous as there continues to be resistance to change from those who have been beneficiaries of the old regime." -- Barry Desker, dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

"The naming of Thein Sein as the inaugural Asian of the Year is a recognition that his reforms may well have far-reaching consequences, not only transforming Myanmar but, in the process, changing the future of all Asia." -- Thant Myint-U, historian and author

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EVERY so often in history, a person emerges who might seem the most unlikely torch bearer for dramatic changes to his nation's attitudes, discourse and politics.
THE gates of the once-reclusive Myanmar have swung open, but what is happening inside remains a bit of a mystery.
What some observers say of Myanmar President Thein Sein.

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About the award

The Straits Times' Asian of the Year award recognises a person or organisation from the region that has contributed significantly to changing lives for the better, whether in his own country or the wider region.

It is announced every December.