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Maltese-Australians petition against citizenship scheme tabled

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A petition against the cash-for-citizenship scheme signed by more than one thousand Maltese citizens living in Australia was tabled in Parliament this evening by the leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil.

The petition was an initiative by a new committee called Maltese Pride and which believes that Maltese citizenship should not be for sale and granted to anyone who has no commitment to the country as evidenced by a reasonable period of residence, direct significant investment and prolonged community participation in Malta.

The petition says: “We, the undersigned, citizens of the Republic of Malta, are enraged at the amendments to the Malta Citizenship Act passed by the Maltese Parliament in November 2013 establishing a scheme, known as the Individual Investor Programme, for the sale of Maltese citizenship to any person for the price of 650,000 euros.”

“We strongly believe that Maltese citizenship should not be for sale and granted to anyone who has no commitment to our country as evidenced by a reasonable period of residence, direct significant investment and prolonged community participation in Malta. We also believe that monetary consideration does not necessarily attract people of good character. Moreover, in order to eliminate a conflict of interest, due diligence on applicants must be carried out by Malta Government authorities and not subcontracted to the same private organisation which is engaged to promote the scheme.”

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What a waste of time and energy from the few Maltese/Australian Nationalists. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for damaging Malta as your PN did since the last election. You should be aware that 'is-sewwa dejjem rebbieh'. Once more Labour under Joseph Muscat won and your negative party had another political blow. A blow that SimonPN deserves 100 per cent.

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