Anti-corruption day is becoming Malta Day, Adrian Delia says

Opposition leader Adrian Delia has expressed indignation at government’s claim that the National Audit Office report on the Electrogas contract is a good certificate

Adrian Delia says government's claim that NAO Electrogas report is good, is guarantee that wrongdoing will continue
Adrian Delia says government's claim that NAO Electrogas report is good, is guarantee that wrongdoing will continue

It is nauseating to hear the government claim that the Electrogas report by the National Audit Office is good, Adrian Delia said as he marked world anti-corruption day.

The Opposition leader was speaking on Sunday morning in a phone interview on the Nationalist Party radio station, NET FM.

Today marks World Anti-Corruption Day and Delia used the occasion to hammer home his indignation at what he described as the government’s disregard for wrongdoing.

“It is strange and ugly to say that World Anti-Corruption Day is increasingly becoming Malta Day…when the government says it is happy with the NAO report on Electrogas it is a guarantee that it will continue to do the same,” Delia said, adding the PN would continue to stand up for good governance.

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The PN leader said that just like the NAO report showed how bidders had been treated differently, businesses and investors were not being treated the same.

“Unless you have the minister’s blessing or that if his accountant, who got paid €5,000 per month, you live as a second-class citizen,” Delia charged.

He was referring to news last week that Nexia BT managing partner Brian Tonna was appointed a person of trust by the Justice Minister between 2014 and 2017, receiving up to €5,000 per month for consultancy services.

Delia said a restricted elite was feeding at the trough, breaking the law and continuing in its ways with impunity. “Wealth is not being distributed justly,” he added.

Referring to the parliamentary debate on a PN motion calling for a public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Opposition leader said the murder of a journalist was bad news for a democracy.

“We will continue to stand up for everyone’s freedom to speak their mind without the fear of retribution,” Delia said.

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