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Myanmar's preservation man pursues dream museum

Tycoon plans private museum for his vast collection of treasures

Zaykabar Group Chairman Khin Shwe invests in Myanmar's antiques for the nation's cultural future. (Photo by Peter Janssen)

YANGON -- Khin Shwe does not like to be called a "crony" -- the label used to describe the wealthy Myanmar businessmen who enjoyed close relations with the previous military regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe (1992-2011). "Now, all the Myanmar people think cronies are no good, and even the government doesn't want to work with them," said Khin Shwe, 67, chairman of the Zaykabar construction conglomerate. "So now we have changed, from 'cronies' to 'tycoons.'"

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