We should not invest too much hope in our heroes

When the Nobel committee awarded the 1991 peace prize to Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, it called the then opposition leader's struggle "one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades".

Last week, Ms Suu Kyi, now Myanmar's de facto leader, earned widespread international condemnation after failing to speak out after the jailing of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for their reporting on the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims by soldiers and Buddhist villagers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'We should not invest too much hope in our heroes'. Print Edition | Subscribe