Singapore's senior statesman Lee Kuan Yew says he believes Burma's military leaders are "rather dumb" when it comes to managing the economy, and doubts that they will be able to survive indefinitely.
But, Lee says the military-ruled government must be part of the solution to Burma's problems.
In an interview published today - Wednesday in Singapore's "Straits Times" newspaper, Lee said that if the military government is removed, the country would have no way to govern itself.
Singapore's founding prime minister said that he could not understand how Burma could reach its current state, when it has so many natural resources.
Singapore is a key trading partner with Burma and Lee said Singapore hoteliers have sunk millions into the country on his advice.
And now, Lee noted, those hotels are empty.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters.