Upon being briefed that Singapore’s education system was “workforce-oriented”, Suu Kyi, 68, said: “That made me think, what is work all about? What are human beings for? What are human lives about?”
Her departing words shook Singaporeans who had been led to believe in the superiority of the Singaporean development model for less developed countries.
“I think we have much to offer you, come and find out,” Suu Kyi said.
“Perhaps Singapore could learn from us on how to have a more relaxed way of life.”