Labour MP Marlene Farrugia this morning kept up her stand against the use of virgin land for a university in the south of Malta, but said Labour appeared to be bound by obligations.

She insisted this issue was not about partisan politics, and people should not be tricked by the Labour Party's strong and expensive propaganda machine - "which is exposing the party to many obligations which then force it to do what it does not wish, working blindly in favour of the financially well off and against families who struggle to make ends meet." 

She insisted that a balance could be struck, with the university being set up in the south on areas which had already been developed. 

Dr Farrugia said she could only make her arguments on the social media because Labour's One station had never invited her to speak there. 

She insisted she was not betraying the people who had elected her.  It was in their interests that the countryside was preserved.  Too many bays and sites in the south had already been buried under factories and so called investment, she said.

"With the sale of Enemalta, God knows how many more sites have been transferred to the Chinese shareholders, and we do not know what will happen to them." 

Dr Farrugia said people should not be tricked by statements that they were also getting a natural park. The park was there already - that the site was decrepit was no excuse since it could easily be cleaned up. Indeed, she said, more debris was dumped there recently to reinforce the claim that this was a wasteland. This, she said, was deception.

The south deserved investment, but it needed to be investment which brought about improvement and did not deny the region of what little countryside remained.

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