Whistle Blower Act has taken too long - Leo Brincat
The Whistle Blower Act will see more cases regarding corruption uncovered, Labour candidates Manuel Mallia and Leo Brincat explained today in a press conference at the PL headquarters.
Speaking about Wasteserv, Leo Brincat said that he has heard of a lot of people who are willing to speak out regarding corrupt acts, however will only do so if the Whistle Blower Act is implemented. The question regarding Party Finances has been on the table since 1996 and the Whistle Blower Act was also brought up in 2008, he argued.
“If the PN claims to be a serious Party, then how can they not include the Whistle Blower Act, Party Financing and the removal of time-barring in their Electoral Programme? In addition, why has it taken them so long to introduce these laws?” Dr Mallia asked.
PN deputy leader Simon Busuttil had said that a Party's Electoral Programme does not include everything it wants to accomplish, Dr Mallia explained, adding that this should not be the case as corruption is a very important issue.
Leo Brincat described the possibility of a single person one day investing heavily into a political organisation, which, should they come to power, would cause pressure on that organisation to please the investor. "We cannot let this happen," he stated.
With regards to Trafigura, Dr Mallia stated that he is appalled by the PN for choosing to deal with that particular company as it is well known for allegations regarding its corruption. "A simple Google search would uncover numerous ongoing cases regarding allegations of corruption with Trafigura, so how can the PN deal with these people?". He promised that the PL would be more careful with the companies it will deal with. When asked about Frank Sammut, Leo Brincat denied ever associating with him. He explained that Sammut was appointed by the then Parliamentary Secretary Ninu Zammit in in the 1980s. He added that when he was Minister, he had appointed Paul Vella as Chairman of the MOBC to ensure that there were no irregularities.
When asked if the PL would take action regarding the case of Helena Dalli, Dr Mallia reiterated that the PN have not done anything about the situation. “We have learnt from our past mistakes through the people. I say this with humble intentions and must point out that this is truly the basis upon which we can create good governance”.