Sant: Mintoff was monumental figure
Dom Mintoff has been described as a 'monumental figure' by Alfred Sant, whose 22-month government collapsed when il-perit broke ranks and voted against it.
In comments following the passing away of Mr Mintoff, Dr Sant made no references to his falling out with Mr Mintoff in 1998 but said that Mr Mintoff was a monumental figure on the Maltese political scene.
As head of government, he had worked on the creation of a welfare state in the best interests of Maltese workers, he recalled.
At the same time, as well as earlier, he courageously battled for true independence.
"Today we should remember the good that Dom Mintoff brought about - with work which had a substantial impact on Malta's political and social history.
At the time, he said, Mr Mintoff's activities were hindered by people who today claimed to share the political values which inspired him. As if they could be believed.
Dr Sant said there could be no better tribute to Mr Mintoff than to say that the values which Mr Mintoff worked for- especially social solidarity and national freedom - should remain the focus of Maltese political activity.
And it was only the Labour Party which could guarantee them.
Dr Sant said he wanted to express his profound condolences to the Mintoff family for their sad loss.