OPINION: Aung San Suu Kyi disappoints Singapore leaders and mainstream media with absence of lavish praises for the republic

The Star Online, 5 Jan 2013
In my long working years I have gotten used to our reporters asking departing dignitaries what they thought of Singapore, expecting some lavish praises.
Generally, they would not be disappointed since most guests – however unimpressed they are – would not want to appear impolite towards their hosts.
Their kind comments, whether deserved or not, made great headlines in a compliant press.
In her first ever visit here, Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a refreshing exception and by doing so, taught Singapore’s leaders a valuable lesson.
Although she carefully observed diplomatic niceties, the revered Nobel Peace laureate was frank about what she liked and disliked about Singapore.
If the host had hoped that she would cite Singapore as a role model, they were disappointed. Full story
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