UPDATED: Joseph Muscat - We need a change
PL Leader Joseph Muscat, from Ta’ Giorni housing estate, expressed that Malta needs a change in direction. “When voting, you are on your own and deep in your hearts you know, that we need a change in direction”.
KPMG and energy proposal
Speaking on the report published by KPMG, Dr Muscat indicated that the PN commissioned the report through the government, meaning that the people have paid for it, not the Party. “I cannot believe the PN thought the people would be stupid enough to buy what that report has said”.
He argued that the pipeline is cheaper than the PL’s proposal, however it would take ten years to implement. The amount of people suffering from cancer and asthma is staggering, we need this to change to happen as quickly as possible.
Labour candidate Kenneth Spiteri described the black dust found in Zejtun, where he described how this black dust causes a lot of harm and sickness to the human body. "By changing over to a cleaner form of energy, then our hospitals will not be full of people with respiratory problems, which would help reduce waiting lists," he said.
Dr Muscat mentioned the fact that earlier in the campaign, the PN said that its not possible to reduce energy taxes, but now they are saying that they would reduce the tariffs themselves. "In this sector, the PN have lost all form of credibility," he explained. "The project will be financed, for the most part, through the private sector, not through government funds. I have yet to hear any proposals on energy from the other party, all I hear is the opposition complaining".
Former Enemalta Chief Joseph Ellul Vincenti who spoke briefly, explained that building the storage tanks on reclaimed land is possible.
Speaking on the proposals regarding the corruption law, Dr Muscat said; “If ever it is found that a member is guilty of corruption then action must be taken, regardless of how long ago it occurred. The events relating to corruption that have occurred over the past few months have tainted Malta's image. We, as politicians, must be trusted by the people.”
He described the two main differences between the whistleblowers act that the government introduced to Parliament and the bill which the PL would put forward. "The PN's law would only see people protected for coming forward with regards to acts which happened after a certain date, whilst ours will include protection for events which happened in the past. The second difference is that our law would protect those who come and speak up even if they were involved in the act of corruption themselves, This obviously with precautions to protect against any abuse of this law".
The PL Leader also spoke on the idea of the Parliamentary attendance being published, arguing that people have a right to know what the people who represent them are doing.
Dr Muscat referred to gay rights, stating that he does not want to see any second class citizens, adding that it is important for everyone to be treated equally.
"I do not know whether this will help us with gaining votes, but we have to do this also for our children, who may be gay,” he explained
Concluding, he emphasized that this is not a one-man-show and that the change which the PL have undergone, was from a Party into a movement,