17 March 19 - Source: Eleven Myanmar - A talk on the complete cancellation of much-criticized Myitsone Dam project was held at the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) office in Yangon yesterday.
About 50 political activists from Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyawady, Kayin and Mon attended the talk.
"At the talk, the agreement was reached on the total cancellation of Myitsone Dam project and the formation of the nationwide committee by calling the nationwide conference," said Dr. Nyo Nyo Thin, the founder of Yangon Watch.
Most of those who attend the talk have a common view that the total cancellation of dam project is the best for the future of our citizens. The nationwide committee will emerge through the nationwide conference. After that, we will organize various forms of campaigns nationwide, she added.
"Recent days, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's words show a sign of resuming the suspended Myitsone dam project. So we are worrying. I think the government will resume the project. The public are totally against the project. Political activists decided to call a meeting," she continued.
In a public meeting in Pyay, Bagon Region on March 14, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the public should think broadly about the large-scale projects including the Myitson project. They should view these projects from political, economic, social and environmental conservation points of view. It will be wrong if they will view them from the single point of view. Economy and politics are interrelated. We need to keep our promise for the country's dignity and maintain the trust of the international community. The government cannot turn a blind eye to some projects done by the previous government. Lack of trust by international community may tarnish the image of our country. The government will do it in an accountable manner. The government will explain the reason why the decision is made.
Chinese government's delegates including the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar are trying every possible ways to resume the Myitsone Dam project suspended by the previous government in 2011.