Mr. Kang-Hyun Oh

Chairman, President and CEO, KOGAS

 

215, Changja-dong

Pundang-gu, Songnam

Kyanggi-da, 463-754

KOREA

Tel.

Fax.

e-mail: kogasmaster@kogas.or.kr

 

 

Dear Mr. Kang-Hyun Oh,

I write to you in response to your company’s investment in the A-1 “Shwe” natural gas project in the Bay of Bengal off Burma’s (Myanmar’s) western coast, in which your company owns a 10% share.

While it is clear that the development of cleaner energy alternatives such as natural gas is important, the “Shwe” project is different from others.

Infrastructure development projects such as “Shwe” do not help the people of Burma. Two Burmese natural gas pipeline projects in the 1990s �C Yadana and Yetagun �C made it devastatingly clear that large-scale gas pipeline projects in Burma are not only detrimental to the cultural life and environmental integrity of the pipeline areas, but also lead to the entrenchment of one of the world’s most brutal military regimes.

During the construction of previous Burmese gas pipelines, villagers were forcibly relocated without adequate compensation. Many were forced to work to construct military outposts, clear pipeline routes or porter crops and goods the army confiscated from people’s homes. The incidence of rape in these areas also rose dramatically. All reports from Western Burma indicate that history is repeating itself

You are tarnishing the record of your company through your involvement with the regime in Rangoon.

This letter is a demand for you to cease all involvement with the Burmese military regime until the people of Burma �C particularly Western Burma �C can have a say in the extraction of their natural resources and the revenues they generate. Until this demand is met, you can expect me to do the following:

--boycott your products

--encourage others to boycott your products

--divest and encourage others to divest from your company

--join hands with Burmese opposition groups to help bring an end to the Burmese military regime.

--encourage the Korean government and citizens of Korea to start lawsuits against KOGAS and its responsible authorities.

For more information, please visit the SHWE Gas Movement's homepage at www.shwe.org.

Sincerely,