08 Oct '13, 6pm

Why Aung San Suu Kyi

Why Aung San Suu Kyi

It’s hard to imagine many Asian destinations that are more different from her homeland. While Transparency International rates Burma’s public sector the world’s fifth most corrupt, Singapore’s is the fifth least corrupt. Singapore has also become a stunning economic success: it has the world’s seventh-highest per-capita gross domestic product, more than sixty-one thousand dollars. Burma’s fourteen hundred dollars per capita, meanwhile, puts it at two hundred and fourth. And then there’s Singapore’s stellar education system, which last year was rated the world’s fifth best . The list included the top forty nations, and Burma didn’t make the cut; in 2011, the government spent just .8 per cent of its gross domestic product on education, the world’s second lowest, after Equatorial Guinea, based on countries’ most recent available information. Singapore’s medical system is also...

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