Si­mon Busut­til in­sists sell­ing Air Malta shares is le­gal and vi­able

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til said that his pro­posal re­gard­ing the sell­ing of shares from Air Malta is le­gal and vi­able and re­but­ted the Prime Min­is­ter’s claim that this is not pos­si­ble.

PN leader was giv­ing com­ments to The Malta Independent fol­low­ing a visit to the Univer­sity of Malta fresh­ers’ week.

On 9 June, Dr Busut­til had sug­gested that Air Malta shares should be of­fered to the public so as to en­sure that the na­tional car­rier re­mains Mal­tese. On 12 June, Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat crit­i­cised the pro­posal, ques­tion­ing whether Dr Busut­til had sought any ex­pert ad­vice and whether the con­cept was even le­gal in the first place.

Yes­ter­day, Dr Busut­til said that the govern­ment should se­ri­ously con­sider this op­tion, and not put it aside sim­ply be­cause this pro­posal is com­ing from the Op­po­si­tion. “BOV sold shares to pri­vate in­vestors, so this same model can be repli­cated with Air Malta for pri­vate in­vest­ment.”

Asked to re­act about the pro­posed €300 mil­lion mas­ter­plan for Paceville, Dr Busut­til said that the Op­po­si­tion is still study­ing this pro­posal. He said the PN is in favour of hav­ing a mas­ter­plan and wel­comed the idea.

How­ever, he ex­pressed his con­cern stat­ing that there should be a level play­ing field for all. “We don’t want this mas­ter­plan to be a col­lec­tion of wish lists of those who were promised some­thing from the govern­ment.”

On land recla­ma­tion, Si­mon Busut­til said he is against it, be­cause the public will have less public spa­ces to en­joy.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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