The Malta Developer’s Association, headed by Sandro Chetcuti, stated that Environmental NGOs are a threat to development in Malta. In a country with a non-existent environmental conscience, a dismal track record on development, and governments that effectively give more protection to developers, should we be surprised with comments made by such people?
Someone really needs to remind the MDA that the whole point of NGOs is to provide pressure and awareness against the development of sensitive areas. In a healthy democracy, stakeholder participation is encouraged and lauded as a cornerstone in vital decision making processes.
As such, I ask the MDA and the general public: What could be more rudimentary in the eight most densely populated country in the world than a transparent and well informed decision making process involving issues of development?
Ironically enough, the MDA later retracted its original statements and insisted that only a small proportion of developers see NGOs as a detriment to their business. However, this did not stop it from publicly taking another dig at NGOs by claiming that they are an uncooperative lot.
The reality is that the NGO-Developers communication stream has always been one sided. Which side do you think calls the shots? The mostly voluntary run NGOs that receive scraps for government funds, or the MDA that has been historically linked with both political parties?
I had already indicated in a previous post that Malta’s population is expected to peak in 2025 and decline thereafter. Even if adjusted for rates of emigration and immigration, the existing property in Malta will most definitely suffice for current and future generations – bar the development of facilities which are associated with an ever growing tourism market. I am extremely curious to know what the MDA is planning to construct in the next 11 years before the Maltese population reaches its estimated maximum.
Till then, members of the Maltese public are once again left as spectators, whilst money hungry organisations such as the MDA continue on their destructive development rampage.