Watch: ‘My silence will never be bought’ – Robert Abela

He said he has criticized Government every time he felt the need to

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Potential PL Leader and Prime Minister Robert Abela said that he has criticized Government every time he felt the need to, and his silence was not and never will be bought by anyone. This was said while he was being interviewed by Fr Joe Borg on Newsbook.com.mt

Among the points discussed during the interview, they talked about the criticism made by the Standards Commissioner George Hyzler which among others said that the deputies should not be allowed to accept appointments as persons of trust or as members of government boards or committees.

Abela said that contrary to what Hyzler insisted upon, it is not true that the Government bribed its backbenchers. He pointed out that he was one of those who criticized the Government the most. He remarked that his silence was not and never will be bought or bribed.

MPs salary reform not a priority

In the meantime, Abela also spoke about the salaries of MPs, as it was noted a number of times that the pay is too low. He said that this aspect was discussed in the parliamentary group this year. 

Abela stated that while a discussion should be held to determine any changes in pay and working conditions, a reform is needed, and this does not happen in a day. He said, however, that he does not consider this reform to be a priority for him.