Borg contradicts TM on Malta-Gozo ferry service – PN

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalista has accused Transport Minister Ian Borg of contradicting Transport Malta and deceiving the public when he insisted that the planned fast ferry service would not be in the form of a ‘hop-on hop-off service’ but a direct link.

The Opposition remarked that the newly proposed Malta-Gozo ferry service is not what was promised in Partit Laburista’s electoral manifesto.

Earlier this week, Opposition spokesperson for transport and MP Toni Bezzina signed a joint statement with the three Gozitan Opposition MPs – Frederick Azzopardi, Kevin Cutajar and Chris Said, lambasting the government for its lack of transparency regarding its plans for the fast ferry service between the two islands.

In a Facebook post, the minister rebutted the statement, asking Bezzina to specify where he had read about the hop-on hop off service in the request for proposal, and described the statement as “fake news.”

Jista’ l-Onorevoli Perit Toni Bezzina jgħidli fejn rah il-hop-on hop-off ? Jew qas qrajtu d-dokument ?Serraħ rasek Ton u tħawwadx l-Għawdxin, is-servizz jista’ ikun dirett! #NoHopping 🤦🏽‍♂️ #FakeNews

Posted by Ian Borg on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The four PN MPs replied to the post in a statement saying that what Borg claimed contradicted Transport Malta, an entity for which the ministry he heads is responsible of. Partit Nazzjonalista underlined that the fast ferry pledge was both in the 2013 and 2017 electoral manifesto.

Quoting the request for proposals document published by Transport Malta on 14 July, the Opposition made reference to two articles which read as follows: “The proposed routes should provide simple and stable inter-connected network of public transport lines”and “The routes proposed by the Proponents should as a minimum include landing areas in the following Mandatory localities: Marsaxlokk, Ta’ Xbiex, San Ġiljan, Saint Paul’s Bay, St Julian’s, Valletta, Gozo.”

Partit Nazzjonalista said that in view of these two articles, the minister is trying to deceive the public through his statements on social media when denying that the service will not be a hop-on hop-off one. The new service as put forward by the request for proposals linked multiple localities, including Gozo.

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