Mon Groups Demand Toyo-Thai Coal Plant Suspension

10 March 2016 | The Irrawaddy | Moe Myint

RANGOON — Mon State civil society organizations are demanding that the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government suspend a Thai-backed coal power plant project in Ye Township.
 
Toyo-Thai Corp. signed a memorandum of agreement with the Ministry of Electric Power’s Department of Hydropower Planning to construct the 1,280-megawatt plant last April. Locals have been outspoken in their opposition to the coal plant ever since.
 
On Wednesday, Par-Lain Youth Organization and the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) held a press conference in Rangoon to voice their disapproval.
 
Nai Ka Sauh Mon, a HURFOM co-founder, said the current Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government ignored the objections of the local community, which had protested the power plant numerous times. Opponents have taken issue with what they say is the project’s lack of transparency.
 
Andin village resident Ni Mar Oo said the Andin Youth Network wouldn’t support any project that would harm their natural resources.
 
“We will support the project if it doesn’t disrupt our livelihoods or our environment,” he said.