Burma: Suu Kyi Calls For ‘Healthy Skepticism’ As Opposed To ‘Reckless Optimism’ – OpEd


By Zin Linn

Burma’s Nobel Peace laureate and Democracy Icon Aung San Suu Kyi called on the international community Friday to use “healthy skepticism” instead of “reckless optimism” since her country put into practice for change after fifty-year time under military rule.

Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, the Nobel laureate criticized the situation of Burma’s flawed judicial system saying that she did not wish for investment together with additional corruption and larger inequality. She clearly said Burma needs a reform in order to build up secondary education sphere. She said Burma needs basic education that will bring about the people to earn a decent living.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also pointed out those potential investors in Burma to become aware of the fact that best investment law will be of no use at all if there are no clean and independent courts.

“When people talk about the reform process, we’ve to question what they mean,” Nobel laureate of Burma said.

“For me, reform means improvement to the conditions of our people,” she said.

“The proportion of young people unemployed in Burma is extremely high. That I keep saying is a time bomb,” she said in her speech to the World Economic Forum 2012 in Bangkok.

If the country cannot solve out high level of unemployment problem among youth, it may become a serious time bomb, she said.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi urged foreign investors during the World Economic Forum today to invest with care in her country Burma which starts changing quickly nowadays. According to her, investment means jobs creation. Investors ought to give emphasis to creating jobs in so far as making earnings with the intention of deactivate the time bomb or the tall unemployment explosive.

On Wednesday, she came out in front of the Burmese migrants working in Thailand and she also listened their tragic problems such as trafficking, forced labor and difficulties of having legal passport. Suu Kyi encouraged the migrant-workers in Mahachai to work hard, to be dutiful and to try to be skilled in their respective works. She said that she did not want to give any promise to the migrant workers. But she will do her best for workers’ better future, Suu Kyi said.

According to earlier news, Burmese democracy icon has been also expected to meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her visit to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.

She is going to give a speech to the International Labor Organization conference in Geneva on June 14. In addition, Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize winner will give a speech in Oslo next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991, the Nobel Committee said on 21 May.

She will also speak to both houses of parliament in Britain, where she lived for years with her husband, who is now deceased. She will also spend a week in Britain from June 18, where she lived and studied, during which she will deliver a speech to both houses of parliament.

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2 thoughts on “Burma: Suu Kyi Calls For ‘Healthy Skepticism’ As Opposed To ‘Reckless Optimism’ – OpEd

  • June 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Old news, isn’t it.

    None of these are new to anybody. And ironic.

    It is Aung San Suu Kyi who is the “Recklass Optimist” here.

    So RECKLESS she cannot even make a little comment on on-going inhumane killings and torturing and for a woman raping widespread in Burma as a Nobel Peace Prize winners not that this staring lunacy would hinder the “West” from promoting her popularity for their own use so long as she goes along with the current policy of letting all the people in to rape the country.

    Burma needs to get rid of the military.

    Burma needs to get law and order with independent judiciary.

    Burma needs to get rid of the “Crony Businessmen”.

    Before letting itself open for further rape and pillage as she has just done.

    It was Aung San Suu Kyi who opened it and called it as if someone else did it!

    This story is getting sicker.

    Migrant workers! The power is your own solidarity. Sticking with Yaung Kyi Oo makes better sense.

    Go back for resettlement if there are no Burmese soldiers, not because of other turncoat KNU/ and their master Norway say so.

  • June 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    We do not need extremist either racist ethnics or chauvenist Myanmar. What we want is a country living in harmony and equality.


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