If you read our recent article Malta's former Prime Minister will be Slipping Away to the United Arab Emirates, you know that the country's ex-PM, Joseph Muscat, is accepting a job as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a Maltese-owned Dubai catering company. Individuals familiar with Muscat's work history have advised us that he has no training, education or experience in the food service industry, which would in any way qualify him to hold such a position.
We now know why such a generous employment offer was extended to him; the company, which is a Maltese joint venture between a caterer and a hotel group, has recently been named as the recipient of a large, and potentially extremely lucrative, government contract in Malta. Obviously, Muscat was instrumental in securing that contract for the company, and the CEO job is his reward. Someone in government wisely waited several months after his departure as PM to put it through, and we strongly suspect that Mr. Abela was involved. Nice try Robert, but we can read the papers, too.
How many other former Maltese Cabinet officials greased a sweetheart deal for a client whilst at the end of their term, and then quietly reaped the financial benefits, in the way of a kickback, we wonder ? Perhaps some enterprising investigative journalist in Malta might want to follow up on a "Where are they now ?" with those individuals.
We trust that any attempt by Muscat to assume that CEO "no-show" job will be met with public protest at the offices of the company that secured that sweetheart contract through him, and that the contract itself will be terminated, to avoid a nasty EU investigation of corruption. Sorry Joseph, it looks like you will now have to work for a living.