PM: Pullicino has a lot to answer for

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that former Minister George Pullicino had a lot to answer for in relation to the independent report on WasteServ published this week. Instead Pullicino had chosen to beat about the bush and criticize the present Government for closing the Marsascala Family Park.

Speaking one ONE Radio on Sunday morning, PM Muscat insisted that George Pullicino needed to answer for the mismanagement revealed in the report authored by field experts. Author Prof Edward Mallia had recommended the closure of the park due to the possibility of dangerous fumes from the WasteServ plant.

Dr Muscat said that the Government had been responsible when it had chosen to close the park on the experts’ recommendation. “We do not want to have to face a situation in which after several years something happens to a child which is linked to WasteServ fumes, and we realize that we knew about the danger but had done nothing about it,” Dr Muscat said.

PM Muscat also spoke on the positive rating which Standard and Poors gave Malta this week. Dr Muscat said that Standard and Poors had evaluated the Government’s plans, had also considered the Opposition’s views, and had finally concluded that Malta’s output was stable and that it was recognising the initiatives that the new government had taken immediately.

On the energy sector, Dr Muscat said that there was much more yet to be done. This was a sector which had not been given its due importance by the previous government, but had been buried in a mega ministry. "Families and businesses had suffered because of this deficiency, and I was convinced to address it from the time I was elected Leader of the Labour Party,” Dr Muscat said.

Referring to the Auditor General’s report on oil procurement, PM Muscat said that he had not yet heard one valid reason for the amateurish way in which top Enemalta officials had acted under the Nationsalist administration. Dr Muscat referred to fuel price hikes which were constantly reported in the news, and the PN government had said that nothing could be done.

On the board minutes taken during the meetings in which major decisions on oil procurement were taken, Dr Muscat said that one could hard make head or tails out of them. The minutes only included scribbled numbers and child-like drawings. During these ‘scribble meetings’, Dr Muscat said, hundreds of millions of Euros were spent, and now it transpired that these were not even given to the best bidders.

The bidders who had won the tender, and who had not made the best offer, are the same bidders that featured in the pre-2008 oil scandal. Dr Muscat insisted that this could not be tolerated, and for this reason the Government had asked the Police Commissioner to investigate.

Situations like these were also the reason why the Government had passed the Whistleblower Act after only four months in Government. At present, those who wanted to reveal a crime could face persecution, while those who wanted to conceal their crimes had their minds at rest. “We have now completely reversed the situation,” PM Joseph Muscat said.

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Comments (8)

Anthony Camilleri

- Tue 23-Jul-2013, 22:07

Ilni mill-2010 nilmenta dwar l-impjant ta' Sant'Antnin minhabba rwejjah u hsejjes. Dr. Muscat jekk vera trid taghmel xi haga ghal gid ghalaq l-impjant u trasferieh f'lok li ma jkunx ta' deni ghal hadd. Ir-residenti bid-decizjoni tieghek xorta ghadhom qeghdin isaffru.

il-kakka ta l-imdina

- Tue 23-Jul-2013, 01:04

Ghatih cans PRIM, ghax ghandhu dixx lazanja tajjeb qieghed imaxtru, u kif ilesti x'aktarx iwiegeb kollox.

G Borgos

- Mon 22-Jul-2013, 15:47

Dr Muscat, fl-ahhar elezzjoni ivvutajna ghal bidla. Veru li ghaddew biss ftit xhur izda milli jidher il-bidla gejja bhan-nemla. Hazin. Hazin hafna.

John Micallef

- Mon 22-Jul-2013, 11:56

Tistghu ukoll taghtu twegibha fuq jekk dan hux jaffettwa ir residenti tal inhawi? Jekk hux jaffetwa lil dawk li jmorru jogging jew bir rota tul din it triq? u sa fejn jistgha jaffetwa jekk jogobkhom? Hemm hafna residenti inkwietati, specjalment issa li tqajjem is suggett li jistgha jaghmel hsara dan il gas. Hemm tfal ukoll residenti fl-inhawi. Ghandna nhallu it twieqi u bibien maghluqa jekk nghixu fl-akwati? Imhasseb.

George Farrugia.

- Sun 21-Jul-2013, 15:04

It is good that our Prime Minister checks these things.I am sure there is more to come.It is only the beginning.What about the lots of items that were found missing when labour took over.He is not the only one.A G as well has a lot to answer for.Hope that in due time everyone will have to pay for his misdeeds.


- Sun 21-Jul-2013, 11:46

xi kultant najd , imma possibli il poplu Malti kellu idum jahsiba daqshekk biex jinduna xi kwalita ta' nies kienu qed imexxuna?!!!x'differenza issa kemm fl-attidutni u is-serjeta, trasparenza li qed jimxi biha dan il Gvern immexxi min Dr. Joseph Muscat!!! Prosit lil kabinet kollu ghal hidma kontinwa tahhom f'gieh il poplu Malti u Ghawdxi kollu!!!!Awguri ghal aktar hidma u gid.

joseph obrien

- Sun 21-Jul-2013, 11:37

Dr Muscat jekk jogbok irsisti halli min iffanga u haxxen butu,ihallas billi jirrifandi dak li ha.Xejn izjed ma jissodisfa lil- poplu jekk mux dan.

Bob 'D' Builder

- Sun 21-Jul-2013, 10:53

Ahjar uff!!! milli ahh!!! Prosit ghal min ha din id-decizjoni.