PM says traf­fic is price of suc­cess, or­ders in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing Dr Fenech Adami

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said that the pub­lic should not take the coun­try’s suc­cess for granted. He said that the coun­try’s suc­cess comes at a price, and one of the ma­jor costs is traf­fic. “Traf­fic is just one of the prob­lems caused by this suc­cess,” he told a crowd which gath­ered in Balzan.

Speak­ing dur­ing a po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity this morn­ing in Balzan, Joseph Mus­cat said that the 22,000 peo­ple more in the work force, con­trib­ute to the traf­fic con­ges­tion is­sue, and this is why suc­cess comes at a price.

He said eco­nomic growth in Malta, now, is the big­gest it has ever ex­pe­ri­enced. “Be­fore the elec­tion, they told us that for us to be suc­cess­ful, you need to cre­ate 20,000 jobs. We have al­ready cre­ated 22,000 in the first three years. These are not merely num­bers, but op­por­tu­ni­ties for everyone.”

He said that re­cently, Si­mon Busut­til claimed that this suc­cess today is a re­sult of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’s suc­cess. “I told him, if you want to take merit of the suc­cess we have, you have to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lems as well. But we will shoul­der the prob­lems our­selves, and give merit to the peo­ple for the suc­cess we gain.”

He said, once again, that Malta can cel­e­brate its own suc­cess which was achieved thanks to the gov­ern­ment, pri­vate sector, busi­nesses and fam­i­lies.

He said that many take this suc­cess for granted, as if we al­ways had free child care, low en­ergy tar­iffs, or record tourism traf­fic and the out-of-stock medicine de­creased to a new record low. “All of this is the re­sult of what we man­aged to do in the last three years. Not in 30 years, but three. And I can as­sure you that this is just the be­gin­ning. We will go on for the com­ing years.”

Re­fer­ring to re­cent fa­tal traf­fic ac­ci­dents, he said that a lot of fam­i­lies have seen the re­sult of what hap­pens when some­one drives care­lessly and costs the life of a per­son. “We want to send a mes­sage, that in a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety, we can­not close one eye to such care­less at­ti­tude.” Dr Mus­cat said that this is a gov­ern­ment which takes the needed de­ci­sion and said that the PL al­ways had a roadmap in mind.

“Iron­i­cally, those who told us you can­not lower util­ity bills want the bills to be re­duced fur­ther.”

Re­fer­ring to the ar­rival of the LNG tanker, he said that this marks an im­por­tant step for­ward, be­cause the use of heavy fuel oils and the can­cer fac­tory in Marsaxlokk will soon be closed com­pletely.

He said this gov­ern­ment will carry out the project for a pipe­line be­tween Malta and Italy. Dr Mus­cat said that the Op­po­si­tion has no plan. He referred to Ene­malta, with the Op­po­si­tion claim­ing that the share­hold­ing should not be given to the pri­vate, but at the same time, the PN wants to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple work­ing in the pub­lic sector. “The work­ers we added are teach­ers for your chil­dren and nurses to take care of the sick,” he added.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent pro­pos­als made by the Op­po­si­tion ahead of the bud­get, like the pro­posal to give medicines to the elderly for free. “We al­ready do this, and we also de­liver them for free.”

“If we choose to take all of their pro­pos­als, still, the PN deputy leader al­ready said that they will not be vot­ing in favour of the gov­ern­ment’s bud­get. Does that mean that they will be vot­ing against their own pro­pos­als?”

PM to launch in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing Dr Fenech Adami

He referred to a story which referred to Beppe Fenech Adami, claim­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were halted when his name ap­peared. Dr Mus­cat said that this is a case which in­volved hun­dreds of thou­sands of eu­ros, money laun­der­ing and drugs. “One of the owners of the com­pany in­volved was Beppe Fenech Adami. When I see such a story, I have to be care­ful not to prej­u­dice the case. I don’t want to be po­lit­i­cal be­cause I am a prime min­is­ter be­fore I am the leader of a party. Later on today, I will launch an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion to look into the mat­ter.” He said this in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be car­ried out by former judges.

PN re­acts

The Na­tion­al­ist Party, in a re­ac­tion, said that if the gov­ern­ment wants to ap­point an in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions made re­gard­ing Beppe Fenech Adami, then the Prime Min­is­ter should also or­der an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Libyan medical visas scan­dal. The PN also men­tioned the 7,000 visas given to Al­ge­rian nationals and the 14,000 res­i­dency per­mits to Libyan peo­ple.

“Above all, Dr Mus­cat should ap­point an in­quiry and de­ter­mine if his two clos­est peo­ple at Castille are hid­ing money in Panama. How is it that in three years the Prime Min­is­ter has done noth­ing to look into these al­le­ga­tions?”

Iron­i­cally, those who told us you can­not lower util­ity bills want the bills to be re­duced fur­ther

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