Sant lambasted over Preluna comment
- verify before stating, Sant told
In a statement released yesterday, the Preluna Hotels
board took extreme exception to remarks passed by Opposition leader
Alfred Sant to the effect that the hotel, a Sliema seafront landmark,
is to close its doors to business due to a faltering economy.
"The Board categorically refutes such a statement," the Prelunas
board announced yesterday. "In the better interest of the company,
workers and industry it would be appreciated if verifications are effected
prior to statements with such far reaching and serious implications
are made in public and during such serious debates."
The hotel added that it is in the process upgrading its
accommodation facilities in its "incessant efforts to improve its
product and maintain its competitiveness".
In a separate statement issued yesterday, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants
Association deemed it "highly irresponsible of politicians to mention
companies in this way without verifying the facts first."
The MHRA added that the Islands have enough problems to deal with and
politicians from both sides of the house should work together and with
the constituted bodies to see how these problems can be resolved instead
of constantly throwing mud at each other and wasting time.
The MHRA also labelled it "highly unethical for any politician
to bring in and use a private company in this way especially when what
was said is totally unfounded. This kind of statement damages private
enterprise and can be of great harm to the employees of the company
In Mondays reaction to the Budget, Dr Sant had reminded Parliament
how he had warned of looming unemployment, and how his predictions had
come true in a range of sectors. These sectors, he commented, ranged
from Medigrain in the agriculture sector to MP Clothing and VF in the
textiles sector, WET in the electronics sector, the Galaxy Hotel and
the Preluna which were to close, PBS and the dockyard both of
which were reducing their workforces.