Zonqor: Government bulldozes ahead, says Front Harsien ODZ
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Front Harsien ODZ has expressed its opposition to Government's manoeuvres for sale of public land to Jordanian Sadeen Group.
It said in a statement today that, "the Labour Government is selling Malta's public domain through a very rushed process with no transparency. Government has failed to publish its heads of agreement with Sadeen group, has bypassed the parliamentary environment committee and is ignoring advice from MEPA on sustainable alternatives to Zonqor."
It said that the "Government is ignoring Front Harsien ODZ, all opposition parties, internal opposition within Labour, all environmental NGOs, civil society and Malta's biggest ever environmental protest."
"The only concession given by Government, to reduce the footprint of ODZ development, is not enough, as a huge area of ODZ public land will still be given to the Jordanian big business group." The Front stated that, "the Government also violated its own SPED policy as it did not consider all alternatives before deciding to sell Zonqor."
"The Zonqor issue is a clear example of bad governance," said Front Harsien ODZ. Adding that it will remain "vigilant and active in opposing the proposed development, which still has to pass through planning process."
Front Harsien ODZ concluded by saying that, "Members of Parliament who vote in favour of the sale of Zonqor will not be considered as credible when, before the next elections, they will attempt to show their environmental credentials."
Photograph: Zonqor Point Photo credit: Jason Dalli – YouTube