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5 Jul 2013

Min Min, Mizzima (Myanmar)

Myanmar MP complains Myitsone question went unanswered

Lower House MP Daw Doi Bu told Mizzima…that Myanmar’s Vice Minister of Energy did not give a full response to her question about the future of the Myitsone Dam project and, in particular, her enquiry about what will happen to hundreds of locals who were relocated to make way for the China-backed mega-dam. The MP…said she asked the vice-minister in parliament how the government intended to provide for these people as they were now living in new villages where they were unable to cultivate crops in the rocky land…The project has been suspended during the current presidential term. At a meeting with representatives of financial backers, the state-owned China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), on June 6, members of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society Group led by Ko Mya Aye said they urged the Chinese firm to abandon plans for the dam even after this current presidential term expires in 2015.