A Fenkata Good Deal – Kristina Chetcuti
Imagine living in a country where you and your family are in constant danger of being killed. Imagine being so desperate that your only option is to go and begin a perilous journey for a better life. Imagine crossing deserts on foot, exposing yourself to violence around every corner. Imagine, then, giving up all your savings to put yourself and your family on a rickety boat, destination unknown. Imagine if the authorities in other countries were just watching and failing to help you as you tried to give your children a life free from persecution.
In fact, you don’t have to imagine it – it does happen. About a hundred people left the Libyan coast a few days ago and died at sea, our Mediterranean Sea.
Now imagine another scenario.
Imagine that you are not used to anything in the world. You are not in danger, no one is persecuting you, and thanks to a life of dabbling in questionable business, you are living a great life of luxury. You would like to have access to a bigger market so that you can move your illicit millions, so you set aside one of your millions to buy yourself a European passport, even if you are Russian. Imagine if the authorities in other countries ignore your crooked agreements and give you a red carpet treatment. Imagine if all it takes to broaden your horizons is a snap of your fingers and a few signatures.
In fact, you have nothing to imagine – it is happening for real. For a three hour trip to Malta, a fenkata received, a pastizz and around € 600,000, we welcome you in a limousine, face to face with the Prime Minister and give you a Maltese passport. Veru to negotiate Hi.
Do you remember the launch of the program in 2014 in partnership with Henley & Partners? Joseph Muscat used to tell us that he was “proud to be a vendor” selling passports to “wealthy” people because the program would take Malta out of its “prehistoric” economy and propel it directly into the future.
Nothing would prevent him from doing his world pitching tour. Not even the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A week after she was killed, he said “what the hell” to a traumatized country in head-on protests and traveled to Dubai to fish more of these “net” assets.
Now the Passport Papers – a leak of Henley & Partners documents forwarded to the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation – have exposed the undignity of these passport buyers.
It is very clear that the kind of foreigners who buy our Maltese passports are oligarchs, fugitives, money launderers and the like. Did he say prehistory? Or was it fallacy? Because, let’s not forget that, as it is claimed, the Muscat chief of staff, Keith Schembri, took € 100,000 in bribes on these passport sales.
It’s all so disgusting that I think we’ve all reached a point where we desperately want it all to go away. But we can not. Rather, we must suffer the most and the painful repercussions of the country’s reputation on the dogs.
Just try to open a new account at a bank. It is a process as abhorrent as pulling teeth, one by one, in the manner of Castaway. Because, of course, everyone is now a suspicious money launderer. Ask the professionals in the financial industry – everything has come to a standstill: their daily job has become to fill out form after form to prove that they are above the board.
Are the developers so stingy that they would rather risk the death of a young family than parting ways with a few pennies?– Kristina Chetcuti
How did Castile react to the Passport Papers? A junior minister – one of those with the typical Pulse side parting – was pushed forward for tut-tut. He said: “Iss hey, it is an attack on the integrity of the system “followed by:”Iss, hey, who is funding these attacks eh? Huh? “.
Why, perhaps the penniless migrants, luckily?
To put it in context, this young minister, whose name is as irrelevant as his words, worked as a “trusted person” under Muscat and, at the same time, as an “economic advisor” for Brain Tonna’s Nexia BT , who opened his secret buddy Panama company. Truly, the intricacies of this canvas are worthy of an antique piece of Maltese lace (a receipt of which would likely get you a passport).
There is only one possible solution: terminate the system quickly. In the short run, it’s making money, but in the long run, no one is going to want to have anything to do with the island. If this rotten system is not abandoned, it can only portend a very bleak future for our children. Perhaps then we will know the real fate of migrants firsthand.
Construction digs next to Matthew Montebello’s family home mean his children are afraid to go to bed at night, fearing they will end up buried under their own home.
The 36-year-old father noticed a very disturbing pattern: The buildings that have collapsed in recent years, including Miriam Pace’s house in Ħamrun, had one thing in common: they were built on the same type of rock, the average limestone. globigerina.
He commissioned the eminent geologist Peter Gatt to do a geological survey of the area. The report confirmed Montebello’s worst worries: nearby excavations, which include the construction of 28 three-story underground garages, posed “high risks of failure.” It is clearly a tragedy waiting to happen.
Are the developers so stingy that they would rather risk the death of a young family than parting with a few pennies and paying for alternative accommodation for the family until the work is ready?
This is the society that flourishes under the socialist government: a society where hardworking workers are not even safe at home because those dripping with liri can do whatever they want.
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