En­trepreneurs are re­lent­lessly usurp­ing fun­da­men­tal rights

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

While brows­ing through the on­line ver­sion of The Malta In­de­pen­dent, the Malta Fed­er­a­tion of Or­gan­i­sa­tions Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity came across Dr Michael Briguglio’s vlog. He brought to the fore­front his con­cern about the fact that en­trepreneurs, be they in the ca­ter­ing/tourism in­dus­try or the un­re­stricted con­struc­tion in­dus­try, are re­lent­lessly usurp­ing the fun­da­men­tal rights of the gen­eral pub­lic to the com­fort­able use of pave­ments (as much as prom­e­nades).

It is to be noted that MFOPD has long since voiced its con­cern about the prob­lem. It started by log­ging a com­plaint with the Com­mis­sion for the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity with spe­cial ref­er­ence to Xlendi Bay in Gozo. Not only no min­i­mal progress has in any way been reg­is­tered since, rather, the sit­u­a­tion wors­ened as months and years rolled by.

The fed­er­a­tion’s ma­jor con­cern, log­i­cally, lies in the realm of per- sons with dis­abil­ity. Why do they have to be de­prived of their fun­da­men­tal right to move around freely, de­spite their mo­bil­ity re­straints, with­out in­cur­ring dan­ger to their health, if not to their life? En­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful panorama of the seafront in a re­laxed out­ing is not a lux­ury but a ba­sic need and right to one and all.

Re­it­er­at­ing Dr Briguglio’s ap­peal, let us put per­sons as a pri­or­ity over fi­nan­cial gain. Let lo­cal coun­cils pri­ori­tise on their agenda the right to safe ac­cess to pub­lic ar­eas and sub­se­quently be per­mit­ted the au­thor­ity to put their Coun­cil de­ci­sions into tan­gi­ble re­al­ity. Let the gen­eral pub­lic be sov­er­eign over pub­lic ar­eas which be­long to the na­tion and not to in­di­vid­ual en­trepreneurs who fork out money to ac­quire per­mits, well know­ing that it brings forth dou­ble, triple, quadru­ple re­turn on their in­vest­ment at the ex­pense of the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­ity and the pub­lic at large.

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