Si­mon Busut­til prom­ises a min­istry for cit­i­zens’ rights

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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