Joseph Mus­cat is the worst thing to hap­pen to Malta since the plague - Salvu Mal­lia

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat is a “par­a­site” who only wants to “please Labour Party mem­bers and its in­ner cir­cles” ac­cord­ing the newly an­nounced PN Can­di­date Salvu Mal­lia.

Speak­ing in Vic­to­ria, Gozo the PN can­di­date for sec­ond and twelfth dis­tricts said that Dr Mus­cat was “the worst thing to hap­pen to Malta since the 1813 plague” who has dam­aged Malta “morally, eth­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally”.

Mal­lia then said that Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Si­mon Busut­til would be the best choice for a coun­try look­ing for “con­scious lead­er­ship which looks after the well­be­ing of so­ci­ety”.

Dr Busut­til, who also spoke at the event, said that Mal­lia rep­re­sented two parts of the Mal­tese pop­u­la­tion. The first be­ing those who be­lieved in Joseph Mus­cat’s pre-elec­toral mes­sage and the need for change in Mal­tese pol­i­tics but had now be­gun to re­alise that the change was a neg­a­tive one and that ev­ery­thing the Prime Min­is­ter had promised would never be­come a re­al­ity.

The sec­ond, were those who des­per­ately wanted a gov­ern­ment which cham­pi­ons “cleaner pol­i­tics, a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment, and a bet­ter qual­ity of life.”

At the meet­ing, Dr Busut­til high­lighted the four pil­lars of the Na­tion­al­ist Party’s vi­sion which are an econ­omy for the peo­ple, clean and hon­est pol­i­tics, so­cial jus­tice and an im­proved qual­ity of life.

Dr Busut­til also ad­dressed ques­tions from this year’s bud­get. He said that this was not ac­tu­ally a ‘so­cial’ bud­get de­spite the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mes­sage. He pointed to the cur­rent min­i­mum wage, whilst he wel­comed the Prime Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment that the gov­ern­ment will be­gin to tackle the is­sue, he ques­tioned why this had not been in­cluded in the bud­get this year, and in­stead an­nounced a week later.

He pointed to the dis­par­ity be­tween Malta’s min­i­mum wage and other EU mem­ber states.

Us­ing Ger­many as an ex­am­ple, he claimed that the min­i­mum wage is al­most dou­ble what it is here in Malta, and whilst he does not ex­pect for the cur­rent min­i­mum wage to be equal to that, he could not un­der­stand why there has not been a steady in­crease per year de­spite the con­stant claims of eco­nomic pros­per­ity from the cur­rent gov­ern­ment.

He again crit­i­cized the in­tro­duc­tion of an ex­cise duty on toi­letries and de­ter­gents, say­ing that this proved the bud­get was not a so­cial one since it was putting up the ex­penses on daily es­sen­tial prod­ucts for ev­ery cit­i­zen on the is­land. The gov­ern­ment had in­tro­duced “a tax on ev­ery time a per­son washes some­thing”.

He then called for the in­tro­duc­tion of a free med­i­ca­tion for pen­sion­ers, say­ing that whilst the gov­ern­ment did in­tro­duce favourable terms to this de­mo­graphic they were still pay­ing a vast ma­jor­ity of their monthly salary on var­i­ous med­i­ca­tions.

Speak­ing on the Gozo hospi­tal, he stressed that the Na­tion­al­ist Party was not against the pri­va­ti­za­tion of such en­ti­ties, but against the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the only pub­lic hospi­tal on the is­land.

He also ques­tioned the lack of trans­parency sur­round­ing the project whose own­ers, he claimed, were im­pos­si­ble to lo­cate and ev­ery com­pany is owned by an­other sub­sidiary com­pany cre­at­ing a chain which will most likely lead to the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

On the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion he said was an is­sue that ef­fected Goz­i­tans and Mal­tese alike, and much like ev­ery­thing else the gov­ern­ment was four years be­hind. He pointed to the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cent pro­pos­als for a tun­nel con­nect­ing the two is­lands say­ing that the gov­ern­ment had orig­i­nally aban­doned the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plans for such a project in favour of a bridge which no one ap­proved of. On the ques­tion of ac­ces­si­bil­ity be­tween the is­lands, he called for the in­tro­duc­tion of a fast ferry service.

Ad­dress­ing the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal, Dr Busut­til said that the Na­tion­al­ist Party would never for­get or for­give the in­dis­cre­tions which sur­faced dur­ing the Panama Pa­pers leak. Whilst the gov­ern­ment used pro­pa­ganda to make the pop­u­la­tion for­get about the is­sue, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity had not and it has left a stain on Mal­tese pol­i­tics, Dr Busut­til claimed.

Si­mon Busut­til

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