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Learning to be undiplomatic

He may be one of the world's most influential thinkers but these days, former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani is preoccupied with matters closer to home.

"I wish more Singaporeans would . . . read more. We need to be more imaginative and more creative, and we should certainly learn to write better. It's shocking. Singaporeans do too much homework and don't read enough. We should reduce the school curriculum and give children more time to read." - Prof Mahbubani

HE'S spent more than 30 years in the foreign service, rising to the top of the diplomatic food chain to become president of the United Nations Security Council. He's widely published, writing not one but four well-received books, including on Asia's role in the new global order, and many more