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Shwe Gas Movement

Employment History

  • International Coordinator
    Shwe Gas Movement
  • Spokesman
    Shwe Gas Movement
  • Global Coordinator
  • International Coordinator
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"We understand that the project is ..., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
"We understand that the project is to provide power for China, while nearly 80 percent of our people are living in darkness," said Wong Aung an advocate at the Shwe Gas Movement.
"In Rakhine State, fishermen were banned from entering some areas and farmers were reportedly forced to surrender their land. Pipeline security has increased the military presence in northern Shan State," he said.
Chiangmai Mail Vol. XI No.3 - March 1 -March 31, 2012NEWS, 6 May 2012 [cached]
Wong Aung, the coordinator of the Shwe Gas Movement based in Thailand said, "The Shwe Gas and Trans-Burma Pipelines Project is under construction.
According to Wong Aung, the Shwe Gas will be exported to China at the same time that 75% of the population does not have access to electricity from the national grid. He noted, "Resentment to these pipelines is growing day by day.
Leading the opposition to the petroleum ..., 21 May 2013 [cached]
Leading the opposition to the petroleum corporation is Wong Aung, the international coordinator of the Shwe Gas Movement, who was born in Rakhine State, an area that encompasses Maday Island, where the gas and oil pipelines begin their journey.
"This will help China immensely as ..., 8 Sept 2009 [cached]
"This will help China immensely as most of its oil imports are from the Middle East and Africa," Wong Aung, spokesperson of the Shwe Gas Movement, a coalition of campaigners based in Thailand said.
"The contract will mean that China will provide more arms and military hardware to the Burmese regime and would do anything to protect the Burmese generals to remain in power," Wong Aung said.
According to EarthRights International, a non-governmental organisation advocating human and environmental rights, there are over 40 Chinese companies investing in more than 200 projects including oil and gas exploration, mining and hydroelectricity projects.
China values its business involvements and wants to see Burma stable in order to allow it to engage further with the country, Wong Aung said.
"It is like tunnelling Burma's resources to China," Wong Aung said, referring to the imbalance in returns of Chinese companies investing in Burma.
While bilateral relations between countries should be based on mutual interest and benefits, the Sino-Burmese relationship is typically one-sided where the benefit goes to the Chinese and the Burmese generals, while the Burmese people make sacrifices and bear the consequences, Wong Aung said.
As a measure of security, at least 44 military battalions have been stationed along the planned dual pipelines that will cross the western coast of Arakan State to North-eastern Shan State of Burma.
"Once the pipeline construction begins, I think there will be more soldiers stationed along the pipelines," Wong Aung added.
The report by the Shwe Gas Movement said, the increased militarisation along the pipeline has caused severe human rights violations committed by the soldiers including raping ethnic women, relocating villages, forced labour and extra-judicial killings.
"There are 22 towns and cities along the pipeline and these will have to be removed. So, the rights abuses will increase," Wong Aung added.
While China, which needs large quantities of energy to fuel its developing economy, might feel it is a fair bargain to give the Burmese generals the protection and to supply the money they need, the people of Burma, who are rightfully the owners of the natural resources are bearing the consequences, Wong Aung said.
Calling for the immediate suspension of the project, the report said that China would be in a better position to trade with Burma under a stable government. It also argues that the current military rulers' political roadmap does not aim at bringing peace and political stability to the country.
The recent fighting in north-eastern Shan State between the Burmese Army and Kokang rebels is only the tip of the iceberg and indicates that there will be further unrest along the border as well as in other parts of the country, Wong Aung said.
"With such instability, China should rethink its position and reconsider its plan to construct the pipelines," he added.
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Contact: Wong Aung (Thailand) +66-85 032 2943
According to Wong Aung, Global Coordinator of the SGM, "India's financial support for the junta through lucrative gas deals and trade
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