April 12, 2009
Nguyen Minh Triet,
President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Nguyen Phu Trong, Chairman,
Members of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime
Cabinet Members of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
undersigned Vietnamese, are concerned about our country's future regarding
bauxite mining in the Tay Nguyen region. We respectfully submit to you the
Vietnamese people struggled for many decades fighting wars for national
independence and unification. We are now mobilizing all our physical and
intellectual efforts towards building and renovating the country
be, in principle, no conflict between the interest of the State and of the
people in the task of renewed nation building. Our people, both inside and
outside of the country, from leaders to ordinary citizens, all wish to see
the nation grow prosperous and strong and civilized, and the entire
population to become a unified family, happy, and dignified.
Unfortunately, the bauxite mining project has caused great damage to the
country's consensus because of the administration's mismanagement. The
people with integrity feel lost. The common ideal of nation building seems
eroded. This can be briefly analyzed as follows.
The exploitation of our
country’s natural resources, including bauxite mining, is a critical part of
our national development, but not one that should be developed at any
Many scientists have pointed out
key shortcomings in the preparation of the bauxite mining project. The two
letters from General Vo Nguyen Giap alone are sufficient to show
political, national security, environmental, economic and technical
deficiencies of the project. Petitions by Dr. Nguyen Thanh Son, Prof.
Pham Duy Hien, and other independent researchers in the country (such as
writer Nguyen Ngoc, scholar Nguyen Trung, journalist Le Phu Khai, writer
Pham Dinh Trong) and abroad (such as Dr. Nguyen Duc Hiep, environmental
pollution specialist in Australia, and engineer Dang Dinh Cung, consultant
and mining specialist in France, among others) reconfirm the heartfelt
concerns expressed by General Vo Nguyen Giap with technical expertise.
All of these
petitions point to unacceptable loopholes or errors in the bauxite mining
project planning. The following three issues are sufficient to cause grave
concern for those with a sense of integrity:
The decision on the
project was made public between the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009 but in
reality a preliminary agreement on the project had been signed with China
many years before without consulting the people through their elected
National Assembly. The whole feasibility study was never presented to the
people and their representatives in the National Assembly.
The Chinese have closed
bauxite mines in their own country and shifted their production to Vietnam.
This will cause long-term environmental pollution in Vietnam, affecting our
people and many generations to come. Similar approach has been done in
Africa with the assistance of corrupt regimes in that continent. Their
conduct is being closely monitored and harshly criticized by world opinion.
process, and labor for mining are intended to be imported mainly from China,
emerging prospering economic power that is untrustworthy in many aspects,
including bauxite mining. China is notorious worldwide as
the number one polluting nation in mining exploitation, besides other
related “problems” (for
example, the Australian government cancelled a resource mining project in
South Australia with China in March this year because of national security
belongs to the Vietnamese people and is not the property of any particular
group, any interest group, or any organization no matter how
who are concerned with the future of the Vietnamese people and the country
feel deeply disturbed at irresponsible actions taken in the bauxite mining
project. We all do feel an urge to voice our opinion.
The Tay Nguyen bauxite mining project be presented to
the National Assembly and all decisions be approved by the National
The Tay Nguyen bauxite mining project be officially
ceased, be subject to strict supervision until the National
Assembly has reviewed all feasibility studies and made appropriate
decisions. We respectfully urge that the National Assembly fully
understands and reflects the wish of the vast majority of the Vietnamese
people that the project be discontinued due to its grave negative
All feasibility studies in the Tay Nguyen bauxite
mining project be widely open to the public for comments and scrutiny.
undersigned in this petition express their deep concerns about
working methods that are insufficiently thorough or complete in many aspects
for a project that is strategically important to the nation such as the
bauxite mining project.
our respectful expression and understand thoroughly the deep concern of our
people from inside and outside of the country.
We would like
to take this opportunity to call on all Chinese nationals, especially
intellectuals, to support the Vietnamese people by helping protect the
environment in your southern neighbor and resolve many outstanding issues
between the two nations in peace and friendship.
Thank you all
for your listening to and consideration of our petition.