There are hard choices ahead for leaders of Southeast Asian countries as they make their way to the Asean Summit in November. It is in each one’s interest to band together for real change in the neighbourhood.

SINGAPORE (Oct 29): Ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore in November, the grouping’s principle of non-interference is once again under the spotlight. Viewed in the context of the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar arising from the country’s treatment of its Rohingya minority and violence in Rakhine state, continued inaction is indefensible and detrimental to the association’s existence.

“Strict non-interference does not work anymore in an age of humanitarian tragedies,” says Yang Razali Kassim, a senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

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