This article was first published by TODAY on 17 August 2017.
Ms Moe Thuzar is Lead Researcher (Socio-cultural) ASEAN Studies Centre, while Nur Aziemah Aziz is Research Officer ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute.
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