In the 90’s, some little American brat was keying cars in Singapore and got a legal caning from the authorities. Bill Clinton intervened and tried to stop this and Singapore said “go fly” to him. You know your country has balls, when they say go fly to Bill Clinton, even North Korea let him negotiate hostages out of there.
This is interesting. Because both Yangon and Singapore were British colonies until roughly after WWII, when the British fled Asia. Yangon, a beautiful city, is filled with beggars and a very poor population scattered in decaying colonial buildings, while Singapore is one of the wealthiest and modern countries in the world. Why did two similar cities take two such divergent paths in the last 50 years?