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Quotes of The Week

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    “The conditions are so bad many migrants... ask to be sent to detention as conditions are better there.” JRS psychologist Julian Caruana on Mount Carmel Hospital’s “substandard” conditions – most migrants are only admitted after trying to commit...

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    “Seventy per cent of soldiers assigned to detention services were army’s rejects.” Former detention services head Col Brain Gatt speaking about the situation in the closed centres when Malian Mamadou Kamara had died in the army’s custody in...

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    “I never, personally, instructed anyone to cover up anything.” Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia denying any involvement in trying to cover up the shooting incident involving his driver Paul Sheehan. “OK sieħbi [my friend].” Dr Mallia just...

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    “My client is contending that he has become a political football.” Lawyer Edward Gatt asking why Paul Sheehan, the Home Affairs Minister’s driver charged with attempted murder, was arrested a week after he fired two shots at a car. “I have a...

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    “The Prime Minister should sack Manuel Mallia for lying.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil urging Joseph Muscat to get rid of his Home Affairs Minister following conflicting versions on the shooting incident involving his chauffeur. “Action will...

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    “It’s a green area... and anything but shabby. That was a stupid comment.” Marsascala resident Jean Paul Cauchi criticising Malta Developers Association chairman Sandro Chetcuti’s comment justifying the building of three hotels in ODZ areas. “At...

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    “Building hotels on more of Malta’s shores will add to the ring of cement that mars our coastline.” Din l-Art Ħelwa president Simone Mizzi criticising the government’s proposal to build three hotels in outside development zones in the south. “St...

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    “The party must not put aside bread and butter issues in its quest to lure back liberal voters.” Former AD chairman and socio­logist Michael Briguglio speaking in the aftermath of the PN’s first general convention. “He was warned several...

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    “We unanimously agreed to press the pause button.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying EU leaders had agreed to allow finance ministers to get the necessary verifications on the money each country owed before paying up. “No attempts to tamper...

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    “I don’t know whether he’s dead or alive.” Etienne Cassar insisting he has no idea about the whereabouts of his business partner Ryan Schembri, who fled with his wife and son, leaving a trail of debt behind. “The gas power station will be...

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    “Every single investor is part of Malta Inc.” British strategist Alastair Campbell urging Malta to adopt a master image to be used by government agencies to promote a single brand. “Once you go beyond the EU, nobody knows about us.” Economy...

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    “Fares will be affordable.” Transport Minister Joe Mizzi refusing to confirm whether bus fares will go up once a Spanish company takes over public transport. “I was not speeding as there is a speed camera outside the tunnel and nobody likes...

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    “I condemn any sort of violence on innocent people.” Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna condemning the hunters’ “ambush” against birdwatchers in Buskett. “This was attempted murder...” Birdwatcher Paul Portelli recounting the mayhem in Buskett...

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    “One man tried to hold on to their boat to save himself; they chopped his hands off.” Mohammed Ali Amadalla recounts the horror as traffickers rammed a migrants’ boat, leaving more than 300 dead. “The stories being told are genuine.” Prime...

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    “One of the greatest statesmen Malta ever had.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Guido de Marco at the un­veiling of a statue of the late former president outside the law courts in Valletta. “Malta’s EU environment commissioner can expect tough...

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    “This is intimidation and harassment.” Għadira nature reserve warden Ray Vella questioning police’s motives for showing up to question him after he rescued a flamingo chick. “Magistrates sometimes end up hoping the punishment they hand down will...

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    “There are obviously concerns about [Islamic State infiltration]...” US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones, who has moved her operations to Malta, when asked about the threat of extremists infiltrating Libya. “Nobody deserves to die at...

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    “I hold this position in obedience and will only leave in obedience.” Archbishop Paul Cremona quashing speculation that he will be resigning for health reasons after The Sunday Times of Malta columnist Fr Joe Borg spoke about a leadership...

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    “This was a series of unfortunate events.” An airport source explaining why the airport was closed for nearly two hours after a nationwide blackout led to double back-up failure. “People were pushing and shoving... but lights had only been out...

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    “Some of the proposed solutions are draconian.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reacting to the Malta Employers Association’s proposals suggesting that self-inflicted ailments, such as hangovers, should not qualify for sick leave. “She was forced to...

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