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A Myanmar migrant worker holds up a portrait of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her speech at a center in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Myanmar migrant worker holds up a portrait of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her speech at a center in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — Myanmar's opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the international community to exercise "healthy skepticism" as her country sheds half a century of military rule.

Suu Kyi noted that Myanmar is still in very early phases of making democratic reforms. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and new parliamentarian is on her first trip outside Myanmar in decades.

In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, she said, "These days I am coming across what I call reckless optimism." She drew applause by adding that a bit of "healthy skepticism is in order."

Suu Kyi listed the country's most essential needs as secondary education to foster political reforms and jobs to end high youth unemployment that she called "a time bomb."

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