Simon Busuttil promises a ministry for citizens’ rights
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil yesterday pledged that if the PN wins the election, he would set up a Ministry for Citizens’ Rights.
This ministry, he said, would help those suffering injustices and discrimination.
Dr Busuttil was addressing a political event called ‘the Nationalist Party, your shield’ at the Floriana Granaries, ahead of this evening’s mass meeting.
“I first discovered my interest in politics where the Church school that I attended was closed down. There was a party fighting, so that students would have the right to choose which school they attend. That party was the PN. I saw in the PN, a party that was my shield, defending my rights, my interests.
“Later, when I turned 18, I applied for university, which was an important time in my life. There was a points system, and because I attended a Church school, I did not get in. But then there was a party which fought for me, and it was the PN, once again proving to be the shield for students.
“You enter politics to be the shield for people. There are those who enter to widen their pockets, but I never understood that school of thought.
“I always saw the EU Parliament as being able to expand the rights of Maltese and the rights of Europeans.
“Now that I am leading this glorious party, I am of the same understanding, that politics is one way to be a shield for the people”.
He mentioned the Café Premier, Gaffarena, Panama and the medical visa scandals, saying the PN spoke out against them, speaking for the people.
He said that the PN MEPs were the shield of the Maltese, and spoke of the importance of fighting against corruption.
“We spoke about Zonqor, and we kept Parliament discussing Zonqor for a whole night, as we are there to be your voice”.
He mentioned that the PN voted against the Townsquare project, and stressed that the PN gave a voice to the people, and will continue to do so. We want to give voice to those suffering major injustice.
He said that there are people being discriminated against, just because of their political beliefs, and Labourites being discriminated against just because they are not part of the clique. We want to be their shield. I promise justice for those suffering injustice.
“One of our proposals in our good governance document. Read that to ensure all citizens will receive what they deserve. We will make a minister for citizen’s rights, so that you would not need to beg for your rights to be defended”.
He said that the PN commits itself to respecting the Ombudsman’s decisions and that the PN would strengthen its powers. “This is what being a shield for the people means”
Turning to those who switched to Labour in the last election, he said it was not their fault, but that the Prime Minister has been unmasked.
The current healthcare system is communist Josie Muscat
Among those present on the Granaries was former MP Josie Muscat.
He said that today’s system is communist, where everyone must pay the national insurance, then they are not given a choice between going to state or private hospitals. He said that people should be given compensation when seeking private healthcare.
“Malta needs a Health Minister for both the public and private sector, yet till now we have only had one for the public sector.
“A minister’s role is to see the health sector grow. I believe in competition, and it is only through a level playing-field that we can contribute to this economic pillar”.
President of the Party Executive Ann Fenech spoke about the Cedoli, and said that if there are those who want to loan funds to the PN, it would be paid back after ten years, yet they would receive interest at 4%. She stressed that it is not a donation.
She criticised Sai Mizzi, saying that when David Thake tried to call her up, she didn’t even have a phone. She also criticised Minister Konrad Mizzi over the Panama Papers.
President of the PN Youth Mark Grech said that the PN will involve youths by setting an example. “We need to go back to normality,” he said while mentioning Panama and the medical visas scandal.
Dennis Tanti, a former St Vincent De Paule employee, said that SVDP CEO Josianne Cutajar had a conflict of interest in that she was allowed to continue her medical private practice despite getting a remuneration package. He also claimed that she was reserving beds for her own patients.
He spoke of Alfred Grixti’s ‘eye for an eye’ comment, saying that he falls under the supervision of Mark Musu, and that sanctions are meant to be made, yet none have been.