Even as Asean goes about forming the Asean Community in 2015, a major regional controversy is brewing in the Mekong Delta, where a Malaysian firm Mega First Corporation Bhd plans to build a 256MW dam.
The Don Sahong dam site in the Khong District of Champasak Province in southern Lao lies in an ecologically sensitive area, smack in the middle of the migratory path of fish, which is a major source of food in the region.
People living along the Mekong River just do not want the dam to be built.
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Fishing communities in Lao have expressed grave concern. So have NGOs in Vietnam, which is already feeling the impact of dams constructed by China.
Quite apart from environmental concerns, the other major question we should ask is, what sort of experience does Mega First have in building dams?