I sat down to write on the Prime Minister’s intervention today after yet another collapse of a building that had the misfortune of being next door to something ironically termed ‘development’. I still have some thoughts to add to the below but this guest post sent in by a regular contributor to this site sets the scene well.
This morning, we woke up to the news that yet another disaster occurred next to a building construction site. In the space of a few weeks, we had similar occurrences at Pietà (twice), Mellieħa, San Anton Gardens and l-Imrieħel. These are the ones that we know of and which hit the news.
I just can’t stop thinking of the trauma the residents were and still are passing through following these incidents. In one minute, you have a home (with all belongings) and in the next you have nothing. Some may feel lucky that they are still alive.
However, today, a comment by one of these unlucky residents struck me and, to be honest, blew my top. You may hear his comment on the following link (towards the end of the clip):
Erba’ familji u grupp ta’ tliet barranin jistgħu jgħodduha waħda fir-raba’ każ fi ftit ġimgħat ta’ bini li ċeda kawża ta’ xogħol ta’ kostruzzjoni li kien għaddej biswit ir-residenzi tagħhom.
Geplaatst door NET News op Donderdag 13 juni 2019
Speaking to Net TV, he said that the situation we are now facing is not about politics (“Mhux politika din”). I would like to believe that he said this because he was still under shock. And I would like to believe that he said this not because he is brainwashed – brainwashed to the point that not even the threat of homelessness will convince him that his great leader is somehow at fault.
My dear friend, once your trauma heals and you get back to your normal self, I wish that you indeed understand that this is all about politics. This is all about the decisions taken by your government.
My dear friend, the lack of health and safety enforcement is because your government decided to dismantle all regulatory authorities, including the Health and Safety Authority, the Planning Authority and the Building Regulation Office. The fact that these authorities are now managed by a few incompetent puppets is all due to the bad decisions taken by your government. My dear friend, incompetence and lawlessness now prevail.
My dear friend, this is the fault of the “u iva mhux xorta” semi-official attitude adopted by your government. The fact that no-one assumes responsibility under your government is undeniable. Elsewhere in the EU, the imbeciles mentioned in the previous paragraph would have been fired on-the-spot following the first signs of crises like these. My dear friend, lack of responsibility is now the order of the day.
My dear friend, the construction madness going on around us is all because of the policies being adopted by your government. The fact that the island is being run by the Malta Developers Association – making hay while the sun shines – is simply the fault of your government. My dear friend, money now rules.
My dear friend, the lack of vision, the “u iva imbagħad naraw” vision is simply your government’s vision. An economic vision based solely on the property market. In this regard, I would like to put forward some constructive criticism and constructively observe that we are constructing flats so that the construction workers constructing them can rent them out – but what will happen when we realise that we constructed more flats than we require and the construction workers start leaving our country to go construct flats somewhere else? My dear friend, I do hope that by now, you don’t want to hear the word “construction” any more!
My dear friend, the fact that the Mellieħa victim still has not received any assistance whatsoever from the authorities is also the fault of your government. By the way, was this because she is a foreigner having no vote? I do sincerely hope that your government will now provide you with assistance. Immediately. As it should do with anyone who ended up and will end up in your circumstances. Irrespective of whether they have a picture of Joseph hanging on their (former) home wall or not. My dear friend, Malta is now no longer “tagħna lkoll”.
My dear friend, I also do hope that the assistance you receive is eventually reimbursed by those found guilty of negligence and not by the taxpayer. My dear friend, it is the taxpayer who is now forking out all the bills for the incompetent people and for the negligent people.
My dear friend, I hope that you will – one day, not necessarily now, not necessarily today – understand how wrong you were when you remarked “Mhux politika din”. Indeed, my dear friend, this is all about politics.