Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The budget for 2021 will be one which not only will address the challenges the coronavirus is posing but it will be a budget which will inject more money in people’s pockets, said Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Robert Abela while addressing a party activity during which he was questioned by members of the public at Imdina.
Addressing party supporters, Abela said that the budget which will be announced on Monday will give peace of mind and will definitely not halt the economic pace as it will help secure jobs and that another round of vouchers will also be announced on Monday.
The budget will address major principles, explained PM Abela; Socially conscious and strengthening the economy.
On the current COVID-19 situation, where Malta has experienced an increase in the number of coronavirus cases during the past two weeks, Prime Minister Abela said that one should not politicise the issue and has once again admitted that certain things to curb the situation could have been done better but at the same time stated that the authorities have managed to maintain the situation stable.
On Friday the government announced new restrictive measures during a press conference aired on TVM only to be stopped just before journalists started quizzing Prime Minister Robert Abela, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne, Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci, and Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.
Regarding the infrastructural, Central Link project, Minister Ian Borg, who also addressed the party supporters on Sunday, said that it was a project which was also proposed around 60 years ago by George Borg Olivier. Borg said that this is a project aimed at improving people’s lives, approved by the former PM Joseph Muscat which will soon be inaugurated by the current Prime Minister Robert Abela.
Minister Borg has also referred to the Marsa junction project an that in the coming days apart from the opening of flyovers, part of the Santa Luċija project will also be inaugurated.
“Abela confirmed that he has lost control” – PN
In its reaction, the Nationalist Party insisted that due to his business-as-usual policy and despite the advice of the doctors’ and nurses’ unions, teachers’ unions, the Constituent Bodies and various associations, Robert Abela lost control of the COVID-19 situation.
PN also added that Abela wants to forget that under the Labour party, Malta had an influx of almost 80,000 immigrants who were brought to work.
With regards to the budget, the Party insisted that the Prime Minister needs to look beyond just immediate solutions and needs to present a longer-term plan that will lead to a transformation of our country’s economy by diversifying, investing more in education and talent and good governance.