By Myanmar Eleven
Kachin, Myanmar, March 13, 2016
The new president must listen to the voice of the people, who do not agree to the resumption of the Myitsone Dam project, said Kachin State Democracy Party chairman Dr Manam Tu Ja on March 7.
His spoke in response to news that China is seeking to find ways to resume the project.
He said the resumption of Myitsone project must depend on the desires of the people.
“If people are against it, no government or political party can continue it. President Thein Sein suspended the project to pay respect to the people’s desires. The new president is also an elected person, so he or she will have to listen to the people’s voice.”
Although the outgoing government previously announced the suspension of the project, China Power Investment (CPI) has been trying to resume the project.
Environmentalists in Myanmar have said it does not matter who works on the dam project, whether it is US, Japan or South Korea, the people of Myanmar people will not accept the project.
The environmental review of Myitsone by International Rivers Organisation and the Seinlan Amimyay Development Organisation pointed out that CPI did not include in its report the consequences of the Myitsone Dam project on people living along the length of the Ayeyawady River.
Dr Manam Tu Ja continued: “The issue is more important for Kachin State. It can be very dangerous for Kachin people because nobody can dare to sleep by resting their heads on a big lake 400 feet high. It can break anytime, whether it is caused by people natural disasters. We Kachin people do not accept it. It can hurt our minds. We have to sleep with our minds full of worry. It can make people give birth to abnormal children. It will make our generation lost. So we cannot accept it.”
He said both the Chinese and Myanmar government must work to terminate the project.
He said: “It is a government job that lacked transparency. CPI is a state-owned company. Both governments need to discuss it as we cannot accept it to continue.”
Dr Manam Tu Ja paid a visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party from February 24 to March 4.
Leaders of the KIO/KIA said they sent a letter to the Myanmar and Chinese governments to protest against the dam project, saying it would serious have consequences for a whole country.
Maj-Gen Gwan Maw from the KIO/KIA said: “We have many reasons to protest against the project. The main point is that Myitsone has unique history. We cannot repossess natural resources. The dam project can create serious consequences not only for locals but also for people in the delta areas.”
Image: International Rivers