Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
President George Vella said that those who are unwell should not bear the brunt of the current political situation. He claimed that it was unacceptable to allow the current political situation to kill the hope of the country’s most vulnerable.
President George Vella’s message was aired on Tuesday night in which he addressed the calls made by members of the public to boycott the annual telethon l-Istrina in the current political crisis. Vella said that he was counting on the people’s generosity to donate on 26 December when l-Istrina will be held.
“It is not an easy time”
Speaking about the current political crisis, the second time in a span of a few weeks, the President acknowledged that this was not an easy time. He said that he already made it known how he feels about the current situation and was aware that many shared his feeling.
President Vella said that despite what was happening in the country, one should keep in mind the values associated with this time of the year.
“I’d like to thank you”
President Vella expressed words of gratitude towards the nation in his first few months since he was appointed as President of the Republic. He thanked the people for embracing the values on which he seeks to build his five year presidency; that is solidarity for those who are unwell, the fight against poverty, inclusion and voluntary work.
Thinking about Maltese families, the President said that the first thing that came to mind was how Maltese cherished their families. He added that it would be good if one understood which of those family members are most vulnerable and gave them attention.
“Let’s focus on those things which unite us”
President George Vella reiterated his call for unity. He said that one should seek that which unites us over that which divides us. “Christmas spirit calls for the easing of tension between the people in our country,” President Vella said in his Christmas message.
He also urged the public to visit the sick, the elderly and those who do not have the means to enjoy their Christmas. “One cannot remain indifferent in front of those who are either lonely or denied from enjoying Christmas,” President Vella stated.
His Christmas message ended with an invitation to the people, asking them to take stock of the situation and see what they could do for their country.
He also thanked the foreigners living and working in Malta.