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Permanent Secretaries 'asked to resign'

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Permanent secretaries have been asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today. The request was made by the principal permanent secretary, Godwin Grima, on instructions from Mario Cutajar, the person designated to replace him. He was appointed by the prime minister yesterday. The permanent secretaries head the civil service in each ministry and are usually appointed on three-year contracts. Their appointment is made by the prime minister in consultation with the Public Service Commission. Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees but can be removed by the prime minister at will.

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mel muscat
Mar 16th, 07:06 People justifying these acts by saying 'PN did this and that' please remember that people voted for CHANGE and this clearly ain't change or better yet a change for the WORSE.

David Jones
Mar 14th, 18:16 It is Crystal clear that the Maltese have voted for a new government, this implies that they voted for change so permanent or not these secretaries have been politically appointed and by right and ethically they have to step down. The Govt has the right to work with people who in their opinion are suitable for the job.

Ms Sandra Grech
Mar 14th, 19:42 Read the article Mr Jones. They are not political employees. PL are making people lose their jobs. Shame on Labour how they can do this and still sleep at night.

Kieron O'connor
Mar 14th, 14:29 The british version is defined as "Permanent Secretaries are the non-political civil service heads (and "accounting officers") or chief executives of government departments, who

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generally hold their position for a number of years (thus "permanent") at a ministry as distinct from the changing political Secretaries of State to whom Copyright © Allied Newspapers Ltd., printed on - 31-03-2013 - This article is for personal use only, and should not be distributed they report and provide advice"

vincent Lia
Mar 13th, 18:15 Cesco de Luigi, can you please tell us why you think the PN lost as I am sure you have more experience in this field than anyone in the PL.

John F. Galea
Mar 13th, 17:21 Permanent Secretaries are appointed on a three year contract. Rightly said thay are expected, or should, resign on a change of Government. However a clause should be embodied in the contract to that effect and should not therefore expect any golden handshakes from the public coffers; tax payers money.

Peter Murray
Mar 13th, 12:31 How is "permanent " actually defined ?

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 11:08 "Many of the people who have been asked to resign are highly qualified persons who have given their utmost in the service of the country". (TMID Editorial).

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 11:43 just to clarify: one may defend this decision as being what has always happened. fair enough. however, do not then talk about new way of doing politics, extending the hand of friendship, working with us even if you disagree with us.

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 11:49 @ matthew tanti It's the arbitrary way they may have been appointed that matters in this debate. There may be other "highly qualified persons" who were left out because they were not the chosen ones for reasons best known to the Party in power!! No PSC interview, no permanent appointment! The PM's recommendation is in itself a breach of PSC regulations!! aaf

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 12:27 i am not questioning JM's right to appoint: that is granted by the Constitution, which is supreme and overrides the PSC regulations. I am saying that he should have given them a chance, and then fired them in a few months IF they did not deliver.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 12:27 I'm sure. And may I add ..many of the people who were not asked to resign were never given any opportunity because they were not blue-eyed or not as blue-eyed as those. How about that sir.

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 22:26 but cesco, isn't that the reason behind "tista ma taqbilx maghna imma tista tahdem maghna"? it definitely was not made for the red-eyed boys.

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Peter Simpson
Mar 13th, 10:45 Imagine a CEO of a private company having his secretary apointed by the competition!

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 11:03 precisely:these are not the minister's "private" secretaries! they should have been left in place for a few months, and removed if they did not deliver according to the new government's agenda.

Corinne Vella
Mar 13th, 11:30 Government is not a private company.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 12:23 Corinne Government is not a private company......except when it's a PN Government?????

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 22:27 justifying this decision on the basis that the pn did likewise defeats the whole argument that the PL will turn a new page.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 10:20 When Rita Schembri (IAID) was recently appointed Permanent Ssecretary I just do not seem able to recall any calls or interviews. Everyone knows that Mrs Schembri had very high friends in the civil service. Let's see if she resigns before the Auditor General issues his report about her, which by the way seems to be dragging on quite a bit. Maybe it's been sent by Arriva?

Lino Camilleri
Mar 13th, 10:13 First RCC, then C. Mifsud Bonnici and George Farrugia and now the permanent secretaries - Malta taghna ikoll. Viva Mintoff's (not Gam, Gam) style and this after a couple of days! The mask will soon show the really face of Labour. Ex Nationalists you have let the monster loose again beware it will soon be your turn. You have served the purpose now, you can get lost. History is repeating itself.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 12:21 It seems your version of history does not include the period 1987 -2012 Mr Camilleri. Why do you think PN was so defetaed at the polls if this was not a major reason?

J Pisani
Mar 13th, 13:03 Hope not but very possible. Malta taghna lkoll. Joseph said who is qualified and good will be retained. !!!!!! Beware PM cause you need to deliver on your promises. I expect you chose those in OPM in some political way but once you start rolling out immediately this attitude without not even seeing whether persons are competent or not then the rollerball will start rolling & everything crumbling

David Farrugia
Mar 13th, 10:07 All Perm Secs can be spies for the Opposition so resignation is in order. When George Bush in 2000 replaced Bill Clinton in the White House, the former staff damaged all computers and other office furniture as a a sign of disgust. These matter happen all around the world.

Corinne Vella
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Resignation was not requested in writing.

Saviour Aquilina
Mar 13th, 09:54 Where is Tony Zarb and GWU to defend them???

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 12:00 Exactly the same place where UHM and Gejtu Vella was to defend the people under them during PN GOvernment>>i

Edward Zammit
Mar 13th, 09:42 It all started months ago. First Richard Cachia Caruana, now the top Cilvil Servants. Whether you classify the Dirctor Generals as political appointees or not, they are the link between the political side and the Civil Service. These are the persons, whose duty was to see that policy of the government was reflected along the civil service. There are other means how to weed out the inefficient DG.

Corinne Vella
Mar 13th, 09:41 The permanent secretaries head the civil service in each ministry and are usually appointed on three-year contracts. Their appointment is made by the prime minister in consultation with the Public Service Commission.

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 09:58 @ Corinne Vella If "their appointment is made by the PM in consultation with the PSC" then it's a political appointment! Stop beating about the bush! We are after meritocracy and not partisanship!! Alfred A Falzon

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 11:06 ah, so the previous administration chose incompetent people, just because they were "blue eyed boys"! irrespective of the fact that the PM would have followed the advice of the PSC!

Corinne Vella
Mar 13th, 11:33 My comment was lifted from the article on this page.

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 11:42 @ matthew tanti Why should a Prime Minister interfere in d Public Service Commission's way of appointing d right persons to d right post? What has a PM to do with a PSC if it's not a camouflaged way of influencing its decision? An appointment by a political PM "in consultation with d PSC"! As if I heard of any PSC contradicting a PM in Malta?! It's a political appointment, purely & simply!! aaf

matthew tanti
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dear albert, if they are political appointments, then JM is simply perpetuating what he found, and there is no new way, unlike what alfred sant seems to have done. if they do not deliver the PL's agenda as expected they can then be replaced.

A.M. Galea
Mar 13th, 09:40 The PL seems to have learnt the lesson from what Dr Alfred Sant did in 1996 when Dr Sant left all the Permanent Segretaries and Head of Dipartments in their place . A maltese saying goes like this , Min idaħħal jew iħalli il-lifgħa f'kommtu , jaqa' u jmut zopptu .

Michael Magri
Mar 13th, 09:20 PROSIT u AWGURI Mr. Mario Cutajjar..

R. D'Emanuele
Mar 13th, 09:10 Mario Camilleri huwa 'former civil servant employee' Kuntrarjament għal Godwin Grima li hu avukat u Gonzi poġġieh hemm. Mario Cutajar Iggradwa fl-istudji soċjali u l-management. Huwa ħadem fil-management kemm fis-settur privat u anki fis-settur pubbliku. jekk ikollok problema fil karozza Mechanic tqabad u mhux Nutar. Ikbru ftit nies forsi nimxu l-quddiem

Peter Simpson
Mar 13th, 09:05 Jigiefieri minn kien ilu imanxtar ghal dawn l-ahhar 25 sena- u probabli lahqu l- ministru fuq l-kredanzjali politici biss, ma ghandux jaghti cans lil minn ghandu l- kwalifici u hila mehtiega, u li baqa barra ghax a political? Jien kelli nirrezenja mic-civil ghax dawk li ghallimt jien intaghzlu, u jien bqajt l-art! Illum, thanks God, qed ma wahda mill-akbar kumpaniji ta success f'Malta!

Albert Caligari Conti
Mar 13th, 09:05 This is standard procedure. Jekk mhux mghana kontra tghana.This is what you get after voting for a man behind a mask.Enjoy!

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 09:54 @ Albert Caligari Conti "This is standard procedure"... There's room 4 some more serious debate regarding d matter. Just confirm whether they r handpicked by Ministerial order or interviewed by d Public Service Commission before being appointed Permanent Secretary. Let's go straight 2 d point & stop beating about d partisan bush! I hate to c my countrymen of whatever creed being hunted down! aaf

JOHN WHITE
Mar 13th, 09:00 L-ewwel sinjali bdew hergin "Malta Taghna Lkoll" !! U l-kbir ghadu gej,we wait and see. Halli imbghad min ivvota PL jghid mia colpa mia colpa

Michael Magri
Mar 13th, 08:56 To My PN Friends.. Guys, i am more than sure that Prime Minister Muscat knows EXACTLY what he must do to make sure that, FOR THE BENEFIT OF US ALL AND THE COUNTRY, there would be NO Hidden Partisan `Political` agendas from anyone trying to interfere in the implementation of the PL`s

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MOST WINNING and BENEFICIAL Electoral Program of all times, AT ALL. GOT IT..

Patrick Zammit
Mar 13th, 08:27 On paper, PSs are not politically appointed but in practice, they are chosen by the minister. A minister "didn't like" the PS he "inherited". He ignored him completely until the PS retired which paved the way for him to promote his chosen one. Another minister, for the same reasons "removed" another PS from the ministry making way for the chosen one. All are PN supporters.

Sean Kenneth Grech
Mar 13th, 09:06 What are you saying? Permanent secretaries are appointed by the president, under the advice of the Prime Minister. And I highly doubt they are all PN supporters either.Please get your facts straight before making sweeping statements.

Patrick Zammit
Mar 13th, 12:48 SKG The 4 PSs involved are PN supporters not all PSs. Yes, they are appointed by the president after being (unofficially) chosen by the respective ministers.

Charlo Agius
Mar 13th, 08:22 Il-ftit suporters li baqalom il-Pn ahjar jiehdu Break milli joqghodu jitkellmu ghalxejn. U tghid ma nhallux il perm sec's ta' bhalissa . . . mela mhux kulhadd jaf min huma u minn tefahhom f'dik il-posizzjoni!

Warren .S
Mar 13th, 09:20 Statement pjutost sabih dak li adek kemm ktibt.... Tinsiex l slogan habib. Dawk li ma jaqblux mana jistaw jahdmu maghna!.. Taht l pn hafna tal pl gawdew u naf x qet nghid.

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 08:08 possibli li mill-160,000 + li vvutaw lil Moviment m'hawn hadd kapaci jirrispondini dwar kif din il-mossa, jew il-hatra ta' cutajar, hija bazata fuq il-principju tal-meritokrazija? li "tista' ma taqbilx maghna imma tista tahdem maghna"? mhux qed nitkellmu fuq is-segretarji privati, li huma hatriet "politici" imma dawk permanenti...ghala ma nghatawx cans juru li lesti jahdmu mal-gvern gdid?

M Grima
Mar 13th, 08:36 Possibli li l'anqas taf taqra? Is-Segretarji Permanenti intalbu jghidu jekk hux ser jirrezinjaw jew le, jigiefieri jekk humiex lesti li jahdmu jew le. Fejn qrajt li lill dawn mhux qed ituhom cans li jkomplu jahdmu mal-gvern gdid. Il-gvern ghandu dritt jkun jaf dawk is-segretarji li lesti li jahdmu pero inthom in-nazzjonalisti dejjem taghawgu il-fatti ghal finijiet hziena.

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 08:38 Kindly be exact in your conclusions. Have the Permanent Secretaries been "asked to resign" or, quoting, asked "whether they are prepared to submit their resignation"? It's in my opinion a totally different matter, but if they are simply political appointees their duty is to let others replace them! This has nothing to do with meritocracy!

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If d PN chose its boys, so can the PL!! Alfred A Falzon

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 09:01 nahseb li jekk xi hadd ma kienx lest li jahdem mal-gvern il-gdid kien jirrizenja minn jeddu. i agree that "being asked to resign" is different to "being asked whether you are prepared to resign", at least in theory..we will see whether the contracts of those who choose to remain will be terminated. "If d PN chose its boys, so can the PL!!": Ok, but how is that a new way of doing politics?

Alfred Falzon
Mar 13th, 08:05 Are Permanent Secretaries selected by d Public Service Commission or handpicked by Ministers? If appointed by Ministerial approval only, then they r political appointees & there may be a valid reason for their replacement. In the US, all ambassadors are expected to tender their resignation with a change of Administration, but in Malta only politically appointed ones do so. Alfred A Falzon

matthew tanti
Mar 13th, 09:04 Sect 92 of the Const. states: (3) Power to appoint public officers to hold or act in the office of Permanent Secretary and to remove from office persons holding or acting in such office shall vest in the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister given after the Prime Minister has consulted with the Public Service Commission.

Leslie Darmanin
Mar 13th, 07:40 This is an assault on the professional integrity of the most senior civil servants. Mintoffjan tactics already applied on day two of Labour. If Muscat wants them removed, he must go to the Public Service Commission and present his justification. But then, what's he going to say? "Ghax Nazjonalist"? Hence these strong arm tactics. Mintoff must be so proud.

C. Sammut
Mar 13th, 08:20 Please read the Public Service management code before you make such biased comments. The professional integrity of most civil servants has long been undermined. Now is the time to ensure a fair and just one.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 09:59 Public Service Commission hahahahaha what a joke. The puppets of Dr Grima....

Charles DeMicoli
Mar 13th, 10:01 Read my lips: Meritocracy, a word that needs to be included in the PN's dictionary.

G Farrugia
Mar 16th, 23:31 did you say professional integrity Mr.Darmanin. What do you say about the destruction of who knows how many files and documents from the

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various ministries. Do you call that professionalism? Aren't they supposed to be there to ensure continuity? Continuity and professionalism, my foot, Mr.Darmanin. I would rather call it, hypocrisy at its best from PN apologists.

j brincat
Mar 13th, 07:09 It's very easy to say whether these permanent secretaries are political appointees or not. Have the persons in question been chosen following a public call for application as promised by Gonzi in 2008 i.e. strictly to meritocracy? Or have they been hand picked by respective PN ministers? In the latter than they fall in the political appointees category. jb

Peter Simpson
Mar 13th, 06:37 So the PL is supposed to accept all those secretaries who were responsible for the multitude of promotions, collective agreements permits etc during the election campaign? First they should have the decency to resign and those who were left out-notwithstanding being qualified and able- should be given a chance to run again for the post of a secretary.

Tony Zammit
Mar 13th, 06:31 M-CAST could use a clean up too, like main building employees,directors,drivers, etc.

J Farrugia
Mar 14th, 09:29 An Mcast clean up for what? employees at MCAST main building advocate different political parties i.e. both PL and PN, and i am sure they got their post coz of Meritocracy. Employees are not chosen by the party they support as you already know. OUR Prime Minster believes in Meritocracy, something you are contradicting.

Charles Taliana
Mar 13th, 06:28 Hekk imissu il Prim jaghmel l-istess zball li ghamel Sant u ihalli il lifa f` komtu . Minn irid jahdem mieghu tiga qallu li jista jahdem imma minn hu lest li jaghmel il psaten fir roti iwarrab , anzi ma ghamilx bhall haddiehor u jpogi in nies f`officju ghall xi 3 snien shah ma jtuh xjaghmel xejn u joqtluh ftiet ftiet.

Ann Scerri
Mar 13th, 06:28 And I thought JM kept harping on "Tista’ ma taqbilx magħna iżda tista’ taħdem magħna !" For you who don't know, there were many PL supporters who held high ranking positions in cilvil posts, under PN I could mention a number of them but it would be disrespectful towards the people in question.

Adrian Gouder
Mar 13th, 07:12 Having heard Toni Abela yesterday, he made it relatively clear that 'Tista tahdem maghna' does not mean 'tista tahdem ghall-gvern' but 'mal-gvern', i.e., not 'you can work for the government' but 'with the government'. This makes a big difference. People outside the party and outside the government can still offer feedback, opinions, through fora etc..

J. Stafrace
Mar 13th, 06:24 Permanent secretaries are appointed directly by the PM even from the lower ranks. So technically they are,politically appointees.

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Adrian Gouder
Mar 13th, 07:09 Please do not make assertions on things you do not know. No, you are wrong, permanent secretaries are not political appointees.

C. Sammut
Mar 13th, 08:23 @Adrian Gouder Mr Gouder you are the one who is wrong here. Permanent secretaries are always political appointees no matter what political affiliations they have.

Joseph Sammut
Mar 13th, 08:24 @Gouder: officially they are not, but they are appointed by the PM

Adrian Gouder
Mar 13th, 09:22 Once again, 'political appointee' is a technical term. Permanent secretaries are not political appointees. They are civil servants appoints by a politician in conjunction with the civil servant heads. Get your facts straight please. Just because they are 'recommended' by a politician does not make them political appointees. Still, I don't think (I honestly hope!) nobody will simply lose their job.

C. Sammut
Mar 13th, 10:32 @ Adrian Gouder No one loses their jobs if they are government employees.They resign from the post of Perm Sec and simply go back to their substantive grade.

tony abela
Mar 13th, 06:22 Even as a President of the Scholastic Council I was asked to put my resignation when Minister Cristina took over from Minister Louis Galea, both PN.

Mr B Vella
Mar 13th, 05:56 Dear all moaners ...............You should know that this is the standard procedure !!!

twanny borg
Mar 13th, 02:36 Jekk dawn jitkeccew u jifthu kawza kontra l-gvern ghad-danni u jerbhuha min se jhallas? Il-pl forsi bl-ghajnuna ta' xi kuntrattur jew il-poplu? Il-pl jaf li llum l-affarijiet inbidlu u ma tistax tghaddi minn fuq kullhadd darba dhalna fl-eu jew ghadu jahsibha bhall-antik? Hafna ghalhekk ivvutaw pl ghax riedu l-favuri issa jridu li gew imweghda ghas-skapitu ta' nies ohra inkluz li ivvutaw pl.

M Grima
Mar 13th, 08:37 Twanny, issa hu pacenzja u halli il-gvern ta Joseph Muscat imexxi.

m borg
Mar 13th, 09:59 Ghandek hafna zmien x'teqred. issa jew mur ahdem jew inkella ibqa mal-keyboard ghall hames snin tnewwah.

G Farrugia
Mar 16th, 23:44 sewwa qed tghid sur borg, hekk misshom jaghmlu, jifthu kawza lil-gvern. l-importanti li jirrispondu ghal dawk il-files u dokumenti kollha li ma

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nstabux fil-ministeri, xi haga li dawn in-nies suppost kellhom jaraw li ma ssirx. Vera professjonisti u ma jharsux lejn kuluri dawn il-persuni!! halluna. Certi ufficini lanqas lapes ma hallew. E nahseb ghax qed jibzghu li bi Gvern Laburista gej l-ghaks!

Joe Xuereb
Mar 13th, 02:18 It says here: '...asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today'. Meaning, IF they are ready to resign they can do so by 3pm. If they are undecided re: their resignation, or if they do want to resign but have not done so by 3pm, then they will be 'helped' in the resignation process. All in order. If I were a staunch PN fan how could I work with JM?

Lawrence Fenech
Mar 13th, 02:14 Rizenja ohra importanti jonqos, nahseb li fil jiem li gejjin tasal. Guess who?

m. mifsud
Mar 13th, 00:53 Kemm dahlulkom flieles go mohhkom! They just pressed all the right buttons on people who are paranoid for being in the opposition for so long. Qieskom tridu tghidu xejn m/hu jahdem fil-pajjiz! Come on!!

Jonathan Gauci
Mar 13th, 00:40 Mah... In any company , underachieving employees are fired. I guess no one can deny that in general the civil service is inefficient. Out with the old way... Malta taghna ilkoll means a good service for all of us... Not keeping money sucking ppl there.. In civil service execution is everything... And i am afraid we are very mediterranean in this.

Peter Azzopardi
Mar 13th, 00:10 Dear Nationalists supporters, take a break and go for some time of meditation because i think you need some days out of normal politics to recover.... Stay well....

Paul Meilak
Mar 13th, 00:09 Tista ma taqbilx maghna izda tista tahdem maghna... xi tfisser ezatt ? Dan l-ezempju juri illi biex tahdem mal-PL trid issir Laburist.

Tony Borg
Mar 13th, 00:01 Sewwa qed tighdu ghax jekk kull hames snin inziedu 25000 vot f ghoxrin sena malta tigi taghna lkoll

Paul Meilak
Mar 13th, 00:00 Before election day several workers at the civil services were asked to be prepared for transfers.

carmel parnis
Mar 13th, 08:27 Exactly what Mrs Helena Dalli said on a tv programme , that there will be redeployment of govt emploees which exalty means transfers

Mr Lawrence Calleja
Mar 12th, 23:42 Darba Malta kienet taghna llkoll. X'sens hemm li tnehhi segretarju Permanenti minn ministeru u titrasferih ghall ministeru iehor. Dan mhux reshuffle imma transfers vendikattivi jew biex naqdu lil ta' gewwa. Cutajar, parir siewi. Id-dittaturi spiccaw mill ewropa, ejja ma nkunux eccezjoni.

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jere roughton
Mar 12th, 23:39 its showtime get ready for a bumpy ride goodluck you are going to need it

Michelle Sullivan
Mar 12th, 23:28 Ok people... it doesn't say who had been asked 'if' they are prepared to resign... are the people PL, PN or both? Are they just problem people for not doing their jobs, or are they problem people for supporting the other side? Also note... they have been asked *if* they are prepared to resign... ie people are looking at them, they may get replaced, they may not, but everyone should be prepared..

Matthew Dimech
Mar 12th, 23:15 jien nahseb bicca il kbira minnom tal pn kienu hux. fuq bondi plus adu kif qal li mhux mill ministri bdew issiru laffarijiet hzina imma min ta tahtom mela il pn stess qed jajdu li mhux tajbin u min hemm irridu jibdew jitrangaw laffarijiet

Charles Vella
Mar 12th, 23:10 These Jobs didn't exist before 1998 - Why did Joseph Muscat tell them ro resign? Malta taghna llkoll? TOO LATE NOW! Oqodu hemm! The mask is being uncovered bit by bit!

Joseph Camilleri
Mar 12th, 22:50 Well werent we elected on Malta taghna ilkoll? The stupids who believed it will now realise that Malta now belongs to lejber who will eliminate any person who will not agree with them. Ah well that is the way the cookie crumbles. The PN tried to warn but the stupids thought that people change but in the end under the white there was the red hiding.

Anthony( Toni ) Borg
Mar 12th, 22:37 Ma f'dakhomx ghal hames snin ohra il poplu ahseb u ghara kemm ha jafdakhom JOSEPH kastilja....

Joanne Camilleri
Mar 12th, 22:27 Il Permanent Secretaries iridu jkunu leali lejn il Gvern u lejn il program elettorali li tela bih il Gvern ghaldaqstant huwa ghaqli li jinbidlu u li jirrizzenjaw minn jeddhom

Alfred Falzon
Mar 12th, 22:21 Let's make it clear! R these politically appointed or have they sat 4 an interview before occupying d post of Permanent Secretary? Which interviewing Board? D Public Service Commission? D ruling Party is now duty bound 2 inform d people about this decision & what it entails. If they were handpicked in an underhanded way due 2 their political leanings, that's another matter! But what if not?! aaf

Joanne Camilleri
Mar 12th, 22:03 Prosit Dr Muscat, is segretarji permanenti ghandhom ikollhom il fiducja tal prim ministru biex hekk zgur ma jkunx hemm tfixkil jew bsaten fir roti!

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I believe that such positions should be replaced. The PL has experienced a bad taste of this situation during the Sant administration and I hope this will not be repeated.

Ronald Camilleri
Mar 12th, 21:54 Article 92(3) of the Constitution states the following: "Power to appoint public officers to hold or act in the office of Permanent Secretary and to remove from office persons holding or acting in such office shall vest in the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister given after the Prime Minister has consulted with the Public Service Commission"

Joseph M. Saliba
Mar 12th, 21:47 There are 180 part-timers in the Public Service. They have all superannuated but have been given extensions due to the colour of their eyes. Imagine one of them is an octogenarian. Even directors have been given extended contracts even though they have superannuated thus blocking the younger generation to fill the vacancies.

Susan Cassar
Mar 12th, 21:27 They also sent some letters to other high civil posts asking for resignations which are not political ..I will not say where

Alexander Genuis
Mar 12th, 22:51 l-ittri l-ex PM Gonzi kien jibghathom,tipo GO,AirMalta,Drydocks,Kaccaturi,jew inkella Marthese Portelli mbagahd ammettiet wara li cahhdett,komplu okorbu,WIPEOUT,LANDSLIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J. Stafrace
Mar 13th, 06:21 Maybe there is a valid reason to do this, assuming that what you say is correct.

Silvio Abela
Mar 13th, 07:35 You will not say where because what you say is all gibberish. All high level civil servants are appointed after a call of application. Perm secs where "chosen" by the Ministers in the past - due to meritocaracy I'm sure. Perm Secs have become the eyes and ears of the previous Govt. They should be trustworthy civil servants whose sole responsibility lies with the department they head.

Dunstan Crockford
Mar 12th, 21:14 I always thought Perm Secs were there for continuity!

Lawrence Attard
Mar 12th, 21:50 mela kieku jibqu hemm ikompli t tahwid, u mhux hekk? ahna ivvutajna ghall bidla fid dirrezzjoni u hekk sejjer isir...

D Zarb
Mar 12th, 21:52 They are, but only if they are needed, otherwise they have to go as they are in very sensitive positions which can do much harm to the country if they want to.

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Mar 12th, 22:33 For continuity under the same government that appointed them yes of course, but not under a different government, every government relies on people he trusts, it's only logical.

L Zammit
Mar 12th, 22:53 I think they are under contract

G Farrugia
Mar 16th, 23:48 does destroying files and documents from the previous admin mean continuity to you Mr.Crockford???? Also, is it professional??????

Carmel Ellul
Mar 12th, 21:01 Is this the same as when a shop steward is promoted to manager of the same people he represented? This looks like conflicts of interests . Permanent secretaries are permanent secretaries specifically to keep the government system working during changes of ministries and governments. These are professional persons very loyal to the country not to the parties. Such is the civil service until it is ?

Lawrence Camilleri
Mar 12th, 23:00 I remember seeing a PL billboard saying "I am voting Labour because I believe in MERITOCRACY". Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat made the first serious error. Permanent Secretaries (and these are PERMANENT and not temporary) were not asked whether they wanted to carry on in their work but whether "they are prepared to submit their resignation"!

Silvio Abela
Mar 13th, 07:35 Tell it to the marines!

G Farrugia
Mar 16th, 23:52 they are very professional indeed and they even made an excellent job in ensuring continuity by destroying (or allowing the destruction) of thousand of files and documents and emptying ministries of other basic items (even pencils, can you imagine?). Where is the professionalism? Where is the loyalty? Where is the continuity? BAHHHHHH

J Galea
Mar 12th, 20:59 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_Secretary Perhaps all parties want to commit to this standard?

Silvio Abela
Mar 13th, 07:39 Did the article speak about "British Government"? In Great Britain maybe - but do you think any of the Perm Secs was not a blue-eyed boy or girl? Alfred Sant tried the British way and was railroaded at every corner and step! Resign and re-apply. If you're fit for the job, you will get it again. If your allegiance is in Pieta and not in Castille, then you should go back to your old job.

Stephen Florian
Mar 12th, 20:58 This is standard procedure. Stop moaning.

Karl Abela

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Mar 12th, 21:27 You are so wrong. They are not political appointees, they are normal government workers. It is only normal under labour governments imbasta Malta taghna lkoll. L-aqwa li hadna l-voti.

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:03 It is not. They serve 3 years and then can be changed.

Joseph Cuschieri
Mar 12th, 22:14 Karl jahasra ghalfejn daqshekk mahruq? Iva bi kburija nghidu Malta Taghna Ilkoll u jekk trid Konferma staqsi lil JPO, FD, JM, RM u issa JPF.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 22:55 Karl Abela: Min jappuntahom ? Dawn ma jilhqux b'mod normali, per ezempju, bis-seniority etc.. Ghalhekk huma "political appointees".

James Brown
Mar 12th, 23:03 Jekk il-prim ministru ghandu f dawn in-nies ghal gid ta pajjizna ghandu d-dritt jamila.

J. Stafrace
Mar 13th, 06:19 @ Karl abela - bil kemm ma tridx tbellahilna li ivvutajt PL ukoll !

William Grech
Mar 12th, 20:54 Mela kif qijat fis sifna, clean up all the other government clerks and officials that are employed as full timers but just come in to punch their day and go to their other unregistered full time job!!! Ejja do it Joseph jekk andek il guts... Ha naraw x'ha jghidu il-gwu issa!

Frank Borg
Mar 12th, 22:36 U mela u jmissu jzomm l-istess xufiera tal- Ministri li kien hemm qabel hux hekk? U jzomm lill Natalino Fenech imexxi l-PBS ukoll eh, U anke lill RCC miskin, imissu jzommu hemm ukoll nahseb eh?

John Zammit
Mar 12th, 20:54 I believe it was after 1987 that the permanent secretaries started being appointed for a given period which in turn turned them into a minister's canvaser So why all this Bluff. We need a serious civil service by not looking at the face but at their ability. When you appoint some one for a fixed term you subject him to your personal wishes.

Peter Aquilina
Mar 12th, 20:41

A brand new top-hat never deserves an old worn-out tattered suit . : ) : ) : )

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Joe Busuttil
Mar 12th, 20:34 Just asking: Is there a single red eyed boy among the present Perm. Secs? If not,and they were appointed by a Nat. govt. don't you all holier than thou Nats ,agree that the present PM should appoint people who are ready to work with him? If he doesn't do that he would be committing his first mistake.

Randolph Peresso
Mar 12th, 20:25 Showing his true colours, finally.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 22:58 Randolph Peresso: He is following what every prime minister before him ha done, except Dr. Sant. And everybody knows the obstacles Dr. Sant's government found due to having left the same people controlling the administration This is what the PN wants so as to start undermining Dr. Muscat's government !

Matthias Farrugia
Mar 12th, 23:13 yes mr peresso as they showed up your colors 15 years ago

Julian Grech
Mar 12th, 20:22 x'nippretendu? li jkollok xoghol sensittiv bhal ta' prim ministru u thalli klikka ta' nies taghmillek l-hsara?! daqs kemm kien hemm minnhom partitarji tal-partit laburista!!!

D Zarb
Mar 12th, 21:49 Wisq probabli li hadd.

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:05 Permanent secretaries "partitarji" Ghal dan ivvota 55% tal-pajjiz?

James Catania
Mar 12th, 20:20 U ajma xi stennejtu li jithalla kollox kif inhu, kif tistgha timpruvja jekk ma tnehhix il hmig u l'imbarazz min nofs ?

Paul Giordimaina
Mar 13th, 06:29 James Catania gfhaliex qed tajjar nies li inqas tafom u tajjarom hmieg dan hu li Malta taghna ilkol u tajjar hadiema hmieg veru ma timbidlu qatt.

Joseph Bugeja
Mar 12th, 20:18 Why all this fuss or should I say hypocrisy? If the permanent secretaries have ALL been asked to resign it would be fair, no? I mean the previous administration appointed half of them of PL's leaning and the other half of PN's. So if they all go equity would still be maintained. Or are they all PN supporters?

Paul Giordimaina
Mar 13th, 06:32 If they are good people why resign by force when your leader braid he works with anyone so who is the hypocrite now.

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Mario Aquilina
Mar 12th, 20:08 Dawn messhom ga taw ir-rezenja taghhom. Hekk titlob serjeta. Rizenja fuq 2 fatturi (a) li ufficjali tal-Pn stess qed jitfu l-htija fuqhom li ma qdewx in-nies (b) Ghax skont l-etika wara bidla fil-gvern dawn hekk suppost li ghamlu taw rizenja taghhom.

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 20:33 Permanent secretaries are not considered political appointees. Why should they resign???? This is the first example of "Malta Taghna Lkoll" ... And this is just the trailer....

S Sammut
Mar 12th, 21:00 Itlaqna, igifiri tkun bniedem serju utaghmel xogholok sew tirrezenja? Dawn laburisti ta wkoll

mark borg
Mar 12th, 20:04 Prosit Pl this is the way forwrad remove all boards that were manipulating the state's institutions ! once again A BIG WELL DONE ! GIVE US MORE PLEASE ! GIVE US BACK OUR COUNTRY !

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:06 You are confused. All Board appointees should RESIGN...Not permanent secretaries. They are there to ensure continuity> Malta taghna lkoll jew Malta taghna kollha?

G Farrugia
Mar 17th, 00:01 @Denis Pace Continuity? I think you are in for a big disappointment re:continuity. Apparently, they are there to ensure the opposite should there be a change in government. This is explained by thousands of missing docs and files from various ministries and even damaged appliances. Truly professional Mr.Pace, don't you think?

Gordon Farrugia
Mar 12th, 20:02 malta taghna ukoll imma mhux tal-klikka u l-hbieb tal-klikka

A. Borg
Mar 12th, 19:52 Flash News. Tbiddel il-Motto. Issa sar "Malta taghna BISS".

Brian Bonnici
Mar 12th, 20:24 Sur jew Sinjura Borg...within a team with the will to win you have to get rid of the corrupted players!! don't you think eh?! Otherwise we get autogoals against us!..so..I say grow up and learn dont talk crap!

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 22:59 A.Borg: MALTA M'GHADIEX TAGHKHOM BISS !

A. Borg

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Mar 13th, 05:04 So you're saying that the Permanent Secretaries were corrupt? Bring evidence about this or shut up because this is serious.

m borg
Mar 12th, 19:51 Arrivederci :) as one gonzipn said.

Rene Camoin
Mar 12th, 19:50 Tista ma taqbilx maghna , izda Tista tahdem maghna, sa ftit qabel Id disa ta marzu imma, Issa qed taraw il Vera Wicc tal PL

David Magro
Mar 13th, 05:46 rene,minn irrid jirrezenja ghandu jaghmel dan sat-15:00...hekk tghid l-istqarrija...u mhux irrezenja. Taf li dawn huma politically appointed hux? Taf x`kien qal Austin Gatt hux? Li l-gvern tal gurnata ghandu dritt jappunta dawn in-nies li jkunu gejjien mill kamp tieghu u jkunu tal-kulur tieghu! Il-poplu ghalfejn ried il-bidla? Biex inhallu lil politically appointed people mill PN hemm?

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 19:50 Heads are starting to roll. And this is only the beginning. It clearly seems that colour DOES matter after all. Sewwa jghidu bejn il-paroli u l-fatti hemm bahar jikkumbatti.

Pierre Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:49 These are the people who behind the scenes contributed to the biggest loss a party ever had. Reason? Because they acted irresponsably either on thier own choice or because they were forced to do so from above. Either way it is wrong so I do not see anything wrong in them being asked to resign. For the policies and program to be implimented you need people who beleive in the program.They do not..

priscilla ciangura
Mar 12th, 19:47 I don't understand why these Perm Secs didn't submit their resignation already rather than try to stir up a storm in a teacup!

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:07 Bring in the RED faces!

L Zammit
Mar 12th, 23:00 I think they are under contract

Michael Zarb
Mar 12th, 19:44 Irrespective of the argument on whether a permanent secretary should be held politically accountable, are these people not employees also? They have families and can not be expected to just resign without any redundancy payments or grace period. I can definitely understand the pros of a clean slate, but at the least offer a sufficient golden hand sake, or equatable transfer.

A Brincat
Mar 12th, 19:38 A step in the right direction to make sure Dr Muscat's electoral promises are fulfilled.

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Mr Paul Borg
Mar 12th, 19:34 Segretarji Permanenti huma persuni l-iktar qrib u fdati tal-Ministri koncernati. Dawn jinbidlu anke meta kien hemm bdil tal-portafolli tal-Ministeri. Huma kienu responsabbli ukoll tal-hrug ta' mijiet ta' vakanzi u posizzjonijiet godda fis-servizz pubbliku fil-gimghat ta qabel l-elezzjoni. Dawn kienu posizzjonijiet Tailor Made ghall nies tal-qalba. Ghaldaqstant huwa xieraq li dawn ghandom jinbidlu.

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:30 The usual mud-slinging PN machine has been restarted. Anyway, it more of the same because the nationalists never learn. The people have spoken and no amount of mud-slinging will alter anything.

J Grech
Mar 12th, 19:30 I hope Dr Muscat and the new government see to the efficiency (or lack of) of the PSC! A serious study should be undertaken to see how this entity is functioning and at times treating individuals as imbeciles. The PSC should be accountable too, and should "investigate" complaints related to the Public Service seriously, otherwise it is malfunctioning! PLEASE NOTE

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 19:28 And this is only DAY 2 . There were many labourites occupying these posts under the Nationalist government. Wait and see what's to become of Malta Taghna Lkoll.

Marion Storace
Mar 12th, 19:46 @ Xixi Caruana - mention just a few names of Labour permanent secretaries....the more you wear your blue blinkers, the less chance of your party getting into power.

Lawrence Attard
Mar 12th, 19:59 Xixi, mela tahsbu li ghadkom fil-gvern u tiddettaw (twerrwru) intkom? Stenna ftit u tkun taf x'jigifieri tmexxija li jisthoqlu l-poplu.

Thomas Anderson
Mar 13th, 05:26 @Ms Xixi Caruana Yes Malta tieghek ukoll what do you expect to keep everyone in his post as if nothing happened when some of these permanent secretaries were responsible for the injustices suffered by all government employees.

Rita Coleiro
Mar 12th, 19:27 for the below bloggers li qed iparlaw fil vojt ghad ghandkom arroganza qisu tridu tibqu tikmmandaw intom ghax ma tmorux Kastilja u tejghdulu intom il prim ministru x jaghmel u moru l hemm duru dawra maghkom u araw ghaliex hadtu din itkaxkira u hallu dan il gvern gdid immexxi halli Malta tkun taghna lkoll

J. Borg
Mar 12th, 19:53 I am afraid that your reply reply gives all but the impression of 'Malta Taghan lkoll.'

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:08 L-arroganza qeghda precizament fi kliemek.

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M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:27 These secretaries were part of the rotten GonziPN and being political appointees, they should move over. It is not only a logical decision but also an ethical one to ask them to resign.

Rita Spiteri
Mar 12th, 19:27 JEEEEZZZZZZZ I'm Shocked at how many people can't even understand a simple statement !!!! it says :Permanent secretaries have been asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today. WHETHER THEY ARE PREPARED TO SUBMIT THEIR RESIGNATION, AND IF SO ,TO DO SO BY 3pm... so if they're prepared to stay on,they CAN STAY ON !!!!!!!!!!!

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 19:59 Not everyone is naive. Diplomacy has many faces.

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 20:26 Diplomacy has a thousand faces ... We're not all naive.

S Sammut
Mar 12th, 20:30 Why are they even asking them to resign then?

Rita Spiteri
Mar 12th, 21:38 They asked them to resign because,they had to be asked !!!! They did not even have the decency to offer their resignation themselves, as they SHOULD have done in the first place!! Now that's what I call arrogance.

Carmela Buhagiar
Mar 12th, 22:04 C. Buhagiar Int taf xi tfisser tkun diplomatiku? Can stay on imma????

anthony bartolo
Mar 12th, 22:41 Whether they are prepared to submit their resignation,and if so,to do so by 3pm...............Baroso style against John Dalli.................and if you do'nt....................i will make sure that you WILL.

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:18 "...........whether they are prepared to submit their resignation." Read my lips; they have not been asked to resign but whether THEY ARE PREPARED to resign. Moreover, it is wrong to assume that they are not political appointees, because they are just that. And because they are political appointees they should hand in their resignation. No ifs and buts but rather move over!

David Borg
Mar 12th, 22:42 Naive or stupid. They were asked to resign or be removed. Taghna llkoll.

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J. Abela
Mar 12th, 19:17 Now the government administration will be walking completely in the dark for months to come until the new secretaries somehow grab what's going on in the country.

Michael Farrugia
Mar 12th, 19:16 I was under the understanding that permanent secretaries are duty bound and ethical that they hand in their resignation on a change of government !!

C Borg
Mar 12th, 19:15 Kull min jahdem f'xi dipartiment tal-Gvern jaf x'kienet is-sitwazzjoni dawn l-ahhar snin! U n-nies li kellhom pozizzjoni gholja huma responsabbli daqs il-klikka li gabet hafna hsara lill-gvern bit-taghsid li ghamlu. Messu Gonzi jghid "htija tieghi, htija tieghi, htija tieghi" issa ghax meta kien hemm min gibidlu l-attenzjoni fuq diversi hnizrijiet li kienu qed isiru, flok ta widen, injora ...

Etienne Borg
Mar 12th, 19:14 Few days ago I heard Jekk ma taqbilx maghna tista tahdem maghna ghax il kulur blue u ahmar spicca ghax ahna kolla Maltin!! Mr Malta taghna lkoll !

C Borg
Mar 12th, 19:13 U hemm bzonn studju serju fuq ir-rwol u l-mod kif qed tahdem il-PSC li suppost qieghda hemm biex tizgura li fic-civil ikun hemm it-trasparenza u li kollox jimxi b'mod gust .... imma ..... ...... ....

J Grech
Mar 12th, 20:54 I agree 100% Mr Borg! A friend of mine has asked for the intervention of the PSC to query about lack of transparency during an interview - you should see the answers she was given - answers which offend one's intelligence. If one is to ask for the PSC's service/intervention please BEWARE and be advised!

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:12 Dawn in-nies li huma politikalment appuntati huma responsabbli mit-twettiq tal-politika tal-gvern tal-gurnata. Ghalhekk hija logika li ghandhom ikunu nies li l-gvern tal-gurnata jaf li minghandhom mhux se jsib ostakli. U biex isir dan messhom diga irrezenjaw ghax l-etika politika hekk titlob. Jidher li dawn wkoll ihobbu is-siggu tal-poter. Jekk jogghobkom warbu!!!

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:08 It seems that the nationalists are coming to their usual self after the heavy and humiliating defeat at the polls.Permanent secretaries are always appointed by the government of the day and rightly so they are expected to work for the employer that chooses them. So, some imbeciles expect that the PL keeps these individuals in their comfort zones? Why, to continue giving us more of the same!!!!

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:11 M.Grima. You can't understand plain English. You haven't understood Joseph Muscat's position....He has asked them who is prepared to stay on and who is not. Very Clear.

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Don't mess up the message JM is trying to spread. Some die-hard Labourites still think we are living in the Dark Ages of Labour. Remember, JM was voted in by many ex-PN voters...Many!

R. Gauci
Mar 12th, 19:08 Tal-PN jaqaw jippretendu li kollox jibqa kif kien bid-differenza biss li jinbidel il-PM?? Ma nahsibx li fl-1987 kien zamm l-istess nies EFA u kien ghamel sew.Gvern gdid irid jibda bi clean slate. Pero kif qal JM stess, l-importanti li biex taghmel gustuzzja ma twettaqx ingustizzji godda ghax kullhadd uman u familja ghandu.

matthew tanti
Mar 12th, 19:05 let us, for the sake of argument, assume that all these perm secretaries are crass fools, appointed only because they are "blue eyed boys". will they be replaced by "red eyed boys", or will they be replaced on the basis of competence, irrespective of political allegiance: the meritocracy which the PL's bill boards proclaimed, the new way of doing politics? cuatjar's appointment indicates otherwise

P Borg
Mar 12th, 19:04 And the TRANSFER machine starts operating full-out straight away! "Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees", so why will they all be transferred without any hesitation or consideration? Malta taghna (Labour) ilkoll!

PJ Attard
Mar 12th, 19:01 Is this an example of how the new government plans work with everyone? Permanent secretaries are there ensure continuity of works within a ministry, hence the name Permanent secretary. These people are professionals and I am sure that they are prepared to carry out the new goverment's policies. Labour talks about the PNs klikka and hbieb tal hbieb...but let's face they are doing the same thing.

Raymond Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:20 If any one out there at all thinks that the time for parochial groups is over, he has better think again. Now the Maltese people are about to learn what parochialism and partisian politics is all about. This is just a start. That's what I meant by saying that the comedy of errors is about to start and YES PRIME MINISTER OF MALTA screened shortly on the National TV station. Watch, learn and observe

Anthony Mizzi
Mar 12th, 19:28 You said it ~ PNs klikka and hbieb tal hbieb.!

Anthony Mizzi
Mar 12th, 19:28 You said it ~ PNs klikka and hbieb tal hbieb.!

P Borg
Mar 12th, 19:46 @Anthony Mizzi: No, he said "LABOUR talks about PNs klikka and hbieb tal hbieb". We will now see what a klikka MLP is!

PJ Attard
Mar 12th, 19:50 @Anthony Mizzi - so why has JM continually stated that they will work with everyone? Lie no. 1. I bet there are many more to come. Lie no 2 billboards pronouncing the ideal of meritocracy...hmmm why does this sound false at this juncture???? Perhaps the proper way was to work with the current permanent secretaries and see if they are perfomring or not before asking them to resign.

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Why don't you tell that to the Alfred Sant administration? The 1996 administration decided to keep a lot of the top people at that time, but did they give back the right advice? Anyone can try to find an honest answer to this question.

Anthony Grech
Mar 12th, 19:01 Anke l-Papa jbiddel is-segretarji u ufficjali tal-Papa ta' qablu

Charlie Tabone
Mar 12th, 19:00 DR Muscat.......mela mhux malta taghna llkoll......mela skont il kulur ha nibdew nghazlu in nies.......!!!!!!

Raymond Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:23 Malta kienet taghna ilkoll iva sa nhar is-sibt filghaxija - issa hija tal Labour biss!!! Dawk in-nazzjonalisti li vvutaw il-labour nighdilhom - jekk ghandkom it-tfal ibdew hajruhom immoru barra mil=-pajjiz biex jahdmu ghax dal waqt jibdew ma jkunux jistghu issbu xoghol!! U viva l-injuranza grassa li hawn f'dan il-pajjiz!

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:23 Possibli li hawn minn jemmen li dawn is-segretarji li huma politikalment appuntati minn-gvern li gie sfiducjat mill-poplu, jibqaw fl'istess kariga? Dawn kienu jgerfxu meta kienu ma GonziPN ahseb u ara issa kemm igerfxu aktar li kieku izzomhom. Siehbi, ma tafx x'qieghed tghid!!!

m borg
Mar 12th, 19:54 Ibqa sejjer kif qed tirraguna ghax nies bir-ragunar bhalek tissoda L-PL jibqa jiggverna. Malta Taghna Wkoll :)

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:00 So the nationalists think that it is only fair to keep these secretaries and continue as if nothing has happened in this country? Some of these permanent secretaries are the same people who many nationalists are blaming for the heavy defeat of the PN, especially for their bureaucratic methods and unwarranted delays to execute their duties.

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 19:57 Beauracratic methods and unwanted delays by WHOOO?????? Please don't go there!!!! Ftakar li d-dipartimenti tal-gvern kienu mimlija laburisti .... u l-bsaten fir-roti li saru kienu tal-misthija. . Dan kulhadd jafu . Please don't play stupid!!!

Wilfred Camilleri
Mar 12th, 20:04 Muscat was the one who said that he will work with the opposition; that people will be judged based on their ability not their political leanings; that Malta was for everybody; that this was a new era in politics; and so on, and so on........

Denis Pace
Mar 12th, 22:11 completely false

Ms Sandra Grech
Mar 14th, 21:15 @ M Grima: Don't talk if you don't know anything! You're just talking rubbish!

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Leslie Darmanin
Mar 12th, 18:57 Permanent secretaries are not political appointees. One of their main purposes is to ensure transition between governments and to implement the policies of the government of the day. Removing current permanent secretaries makes future appointees de facto political appointees, a very serious precedent. Labour is back with a vengence. It sees only blue or red. The mask is off. God help Malta.

Charles Massa
Mar 12th, 18:57 , Imisshom irrizanjaw huma ghax hekk hija l procedura. Jekk il prim ministru ikollhu fiducja fijhom jerga jahtarhom. U mhux il permanent secretaries biss ghandhom joffru ir rizenja. Imma anki nies fil bordijiet, chairpersons u diretturi fil kumpanija parastatali, chairpersons ta banek fejn ghandu shares il gvern, MFSA u ohrajn. Imma ghandu jkun mhux Gonzi biss ried jibqa imwahhal mas siggu .

M Grima
Mar 12th, 18:55 Ethical political correctness calls for these permanent secretaries to hand on their resignation when there is a change in government. I cannot understand why PN apologists are finding this too hard to digest. These secretaries are political appointees and it is only logical that they politely move over and make way for another group of appointees who are faithful to the present government.

Leslie Darmanin
Mar 12th, 19:16 Political correctness has nothing to do with it. Permanent secretaries are not political appointees. Their job is to implement the policies of the government of the day. If they failed to do that, THEN they should be removed. Labour's request that they resign shows partisanship as its worst. A large majority voted for this arrogance. Malta does not deserve any better. You reap what you sow.

matthew tanti
Mar 12th, 19:27 "Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees"

Raymond Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:27 Faithful to what to the party you mean? What kind of professionalism is that? You mean to tell me that the LP mentality still thinks that diligent workers can do their work properly and professionally only if they are of the same politica colour. Rubbish - typical mentality of the LP! Why do you think there is the word "permanent" simply to create a poetic adjective?

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 19:48 But this IS NOT what JM promised. Isn't it Mr. Grima?

Jimmy Ventura
Mar 12th, 18:53 Dr Muscat should have asked Dr Gonzi to stay as prime minister while he 'repeated' as the leader of the opposition.

Pierre Vassallo
Mar 12th, 18:51 I was determined not to comment during this transition period, but Mario Cutajar's appointment as Designate PPS sent shivers down my spine. This is definitely Muscat's first mistake is his premiership.

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D. Vella
Mar 12th, 19:12 Pierre do you remember the pushjatura recording? this is a repeat of the 80's depression. I was a GWU member and in those times it did not even defend us on simple matters in Telemalta. Completely dormant. Same will happen agian now mark my words.

M Grima
Mar 12th, 19:25 Give us one reason Mr. Vassallo? Next time our PM takes a decision he shall probably consult you!!!

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 19:52 It will not be the last Pierre. The thriller has just started.

Thomas Anderson
Mar 13th, 05:33 Mur gib li rebah GonziPN b'dik il-maniera kemm ghajjartu lill-'Lejburisti'. Iva Gvern Gdid b'nies godda x'tippretendu tibqghu fit-tmexxija taghmlu li tridu ghax Nazzjonalisti. Prosit Josepoh Muscat tiehu pozzizjoni ghax tkun kapaci u trid tahdem mhux ghax tkun xi kugin tal-kugin tal-Ministru.

DC Agius
Mar 12th, 18:48 Kulhadd jaf li pozizzjonijiet bhal dawn u t-tip ta' kariga u t-tip ta' xoghol li ggorr maghha, dejjem u f'kull pajjiz fid-dinja, in-nies jimbidlu u dan in-nies jafuh. Anzi, misshom kienu irgiel u irrizejnaw mall-ewwel.

C Borg
Mar 12th, 19:18 u kulhadd jaf ukoll kemm sar tgerfix ... u Alla jbierek hadd mhu lest jerfa' responsabbilta! Dr Muscat gab terremot fil-partit tieghu, fil-pajjiz u issa hemm bzonn terremot kbir fic-civil!

Pierre Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:52 Not even the Chairmen and boards of various entities resigned!!! That shows how much affected to the power they are. That is the greed that ruined the PN. They will have to be asked to resign when they should have handed in their resignation themselves.

Thomas Anderson
Mar 12th, 18:44 Its not only Permanent Secretaries that should leave but people like Lou Bondi and Norman vella should make the whole country a favor by packing up and leave never to show their faces in public again.

D. Vella
Mar 12th, 18:52 Off with the heads Thomas - where is the hand of friendship that your Prime Minster wants? JM also offered Lou to be on his billboards no? Some maturity please.

Thomas Anderson
Mar 12th, 19:38 @D. Vella Maturity my foot the hand of friendship works both ways, yes people like Lou Bondi and Norman Vella should leave and not show their faces again they are an insult to public broadcasting their intention was always to act as gatekeepers to GonziPN, they have failed big time they are now the laughing stock of Malta. My Prime Minister also happens to be yours as well learn to live with it.

Darren Agius

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Mar 12th, 18:44 Nhar is-Sibt li ghadda "l-ghola mhallef" iggudika. Il-poplu b'mod assolut ried u temm sistema tat-tmexxija. li dawn il-Permanent Secretaries kienu parti minnha.

Gorg Sciberras
Mar 12th, 20:04 What rubbish. The job of the permanent secretaries is to implement the strategy defined by the Minister. With your argument, the whole civil service should be fired.

tony abela
Mar 12th, 18:44 It appears that ppl do not understand English. It does not mean that anybody was asked to resign. It means that for those who are not willing to serve the present administration they have to resign by the dateline given. Thus those who do not resign by this dateline are willing to work with the new administration.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 18:59 That goes without saying. Saying it shows the colour and that Malta is not also ours.

Ms Xixi Caruana
Mar 12th, 20:22 DUH!!!! Oh really????? Please!!!!!! As the saying goes ... "Ci sei o ci fai????" We don't need interpretations ... we can not only read ( obviously) , but also understand not only what's written but also what's not !!! And beyond that too!!

Ms Sandra Grech
Mar 14th, 21:19 Think it's you who doesn't understand English, in the English language being asked to resign means you have to resign

G. Ellul
Mar 12th, 18:38 It is normal practice worlwide for a Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers to choose Permanent Secretaries of trust, people who can guarantee loyalty and results to the Minister and his/her policies. This sensitive position is the highest in the Civil Service grades and people in these positions are expected to lead, supervise, but definitely not hinder the implementation of government policies

Matthew Tanti
Mar 12th, 18:36 Il-poplu tkellem car nhar is-Sibt. Il-poplu jiddetta lill-politici u mhux vice-versa. Il-poplu id-decieda ghall-bidla. Bidla fit-tmexxija u fl-amministrazzjoni. Dawn il-Prem Sec/s kienu parti minn sistema u amministraw b'mod li l-poplu iddecieda li kien hazin. Il-poplu ghandu jigi obdut

D. Vella
Mar 12th, 18:49 Well said - where were you in 1981?

Victor Vella
Mar 12th, 19:11 @D. Vella Facing the wall and transferred to another departments in 1987during EFA`s reign of Angels Sur Vella.I was one of them in 1994 under the same saintliness of EFA. Now people like you just wait for long years to recuperate the PN votes lost through the corruption, incompetency and campaign of colours, wrappers, and hatred of GonziPN Regime of Shame.

S Chetcuti
Mar 12th, 20:14 Shall we keep mentioning the past for ever? Then why don't we mention the 60's? Anyone knows how much suffering it meant to a lot of

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people? But PN of the 60's learned the lesson and it was surely not the same one in the late 80's and 90's! Anyway, in management high profile positions need to be filled in by people you can trust. PN had his trusted people and so should any government.

Peter Simpson
Mar 12th, 18:29 Even Dr Paul Borg Olivier is resigning, he is a gentleman because he has shouldered his esponsibility. How can a new administration bring about change with the same old faces? A quick look at the composition of the new members of Parliament shows that there is an obvious bias for new people and new faces from both side of the political divide. No one can stop the tide!

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 18:29 Why all this fuss from GonziPN appologists? When Dalli was appointed Commissioner in February 2010 and Cristina was given the Family Welfare portfolio, she sacked the permanent secretay, even though he was appointed by the PN. Government continued to pay his salary for doing nothing until he was asked to head the divorce campaign. How is it that no one complained at the time? Hypocrats!

Doreen Attard
Mar 12th, 18:28 The English say that the civil service can make or break a government. If one understands that how can one be against what the PM is starting to do? And by the way Dr Muscat is leading a very strong government, he can do certain things with ease and no stupid comments on TOM will keep him from doing his job properly. Please don't start throwing cogs in the wheel. It's an open government for all

D. Vella
Mar 12th, 18:47 Do we have the freedom of expression or are we going to start this tactic - several comments seem to be telling us to shut up!! Did you not write whatever you felt during PN in Government. Maybe you could consider passing a law to stop us then. Like when no one was permitted to say Malta or Nazzjon. Let everyone make his/her comment and leave it to the readers to judge not you.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 19:02 Arrogance already surfacing.

Thomas Anderson
Mar 12th, 19:47 Why are you so surprised that arrogance may be surfacing we had 25 years of ultimate arrogance training from your GonziPN. You lost big time learn to live with it. What do you expect for a new Government to keep all the old faces, yes the Permanent Secretaries should be made to resign enblock and make way for capable responsible people.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 18:26 Having lost with more than 36000 votes still does not convince PN apologists of the required change and to refrain from using the "babaw" tactics. It seems that the news of this large gap between the 2 main parties has not yet sink in & while ppl like De Marco are seeking to understand the reasons, many bloggers below can't seem capable of moving on.

DR EMMANUEL BEZZINA,MA,MAG.JUR.[EU Law],LL.D.,
Mar 12th, 18:26 MORE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ----------------- EVERYONE MUST GO SO THAT MALTA TRULY WILL APPERTAIN TO US ALL...................WELL DONE!! ALL HEADS, BOARDS, ANYONE WHO HAS MANIPULATED ANY STATE OR PARASTATAL INSTITUTION OR ORGANIZATION MUST GO & WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AS NO TIME SHOULD BE WASTED.

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You do realise that writing in capital letters means you are shouting at those who are reading it. Trying to impress someone with the long list behind your name?

M Farrugia
Mar 12th, 20:25 demokrtiku f'diskorsok Dr. Bezzina. Nahseb li minn ma emminx fis-slogan malta taghan ilkoll kellu ragun. Issa lis-slogan sar MALTA TAGHNA UKOLL u diga beda bil-fatti. Ma nafx jekk hux zball tat-typing imma hemm qal Anton Refalo.

D. Vella
Mar 12th, 18:23 I am not going to ask if this was right or wrong - I let the public to judge this and those who would be directly affected (as these people have families too). What I am surprised is why did not the Prime Minister first not ask them if they were ready to work with him as he so strongly repeated during the whole campain. However this looks too much like the Anglu saga. Why not fire them then?

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 18:51 @ D Vella. Because they were the leaders within the public service who have used government departments to dish out favours in any imaginable way up to last Friday to keep the PL out of government against the wishes of the large majority of the Maltese electorate. Do you know that meetings were being organised at Castle on how to give advantage to GonziPN? Gov should be kept separate from party

Peter Simpson
Mar 12th, 18:22 The political appointees who contributed to the dismal failure of GonziPN are expected to resign out of decency!

rodney bone
Mar 12th, 18:20 PL has been elected democratically and has a very clear mandate to implement the policy for which people have voted. This PL government is "bound" to have PS that are really committed to responsibly serve this mandate, which actually means serving all of us Maltese!

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 19:06 or labour

Ian Ellul
Mar 12th, 18:17 mid-dehera se nibdew bil-gideb u t-tixwix minn tal-PN. Hadd ma ntalghab jirrezenja hlief dawk li minn jeddhom kellhom f'mohhhom li jaghmlu hekk. huwa f'dak il-kaz li allura ntallbu jwarrbu halli jinstab min lest li jahdem ghal Malta kollha u mhux ghall-klikka biss!

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:02 Is it possible that you are that dumb that you cannot even read between the lines?

James Grech
Mar 12th, 18:16 Some comments below do not deserve a reply. The PL promised a change in direction also with bureaucracy & efficiency within governmental entities. PN apologists most probably have missed this during the campaign, yet they persist with senseless arguments. 55% of the voters realised this need for change. Change which has truly already started to happen.

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T. Muscat
Mar 12th, 18:16 I can't even see why this was even reported as this is normal practice with every new government! Has anyone ever before judged EFA or Gonzi whom they appointed as Perm Sec's? I can't see why all this fuss now. If people voted for change how can we keep the same people who have been in power for so long

patrick cutajar
Mar 12th, 18:10 Huwa ovvju li dawn is-sinjuri jridu jitfghu r-rizenja taghhom. Dejjem hekk kienet il-prassi u hekk ghandhom jaghmlu nies tal-affari taghom. Warakollox dawn ukoll jridu jerfghu r-responsabilita ta ghemilhom.

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:05 Jekk huwa ovvju ghalik ghal haddiehor mhuwiex sur Cutajar. Jm wieghed li mhux se jhares lejn ucuh u kuluri. Li kien isir fil-passat ma jghoddx. Ix-xemx il-bierah suppost telghet ghal kulhadd.

charles flask
Mar 12th, 18:09 The people voted "Bil-Qalb" for change and it's their absolute right to have such change particularly at the top posts. New blood will work better and be more creative in delivering a well deserved public service for which we pay taxes.

David Triganza
Mar 12th, 18:03 Permanent Secretaries with different ministers have let PN supporters down and also have disappointed the rest of us. People were not being given a good service and we cannot blame the lowest grades in government departments, can we?

Victor Vella
Mar 12th, 18:02 This is the maturity of the new PM Joseph Muscat. The permanent secretaries shall resign because since they are political appointees and were chosen for their political creed they cannot be trusted any more for their important and strategic position/s. In America and the UK such persons resign before any general election chosen only if their parties are re-elected. This is democratic-process.

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:08 But that is NOT what JM promised. America and the UK have nothing to do with all this. What counts is that promises are being broken from day number one.

Victor Vella
Mar 12th, 21:55 @ N. Debattista 55 per cent understood well the politics of the LP and for sure they do not care of a bunch of a minute group of civil servants who have taken it so good under a regime. Remember. Malta was ruled by a regime, by an oligarchy of evil people high up under the regime of Gonzi. 55% of the Maltese voted no to corruption, oligarchies and incompetences high up in the civil service.

Allan Cutajar
Mar 12th, 18:02 I have been reading some of the senseless comments about malta taghna lkoll and so on. The electorate with 35,000 plus votes, gave JM the go ahead for a Bidla fid direzzjoni. This is exactly what was needed by this country and what the people voted for. So now all the prime minister is doing is following the wishes of the of the electorate.

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James Buhagiar
Mar 12th, 18:57 ...and what about these workers and their families? Hekk sew? I agree that if they are corrupt or incompetent they musy go (you said 'reform').. but I doubt Joseph even bothered to look at their names before forcing them to resign (i.e. firing them)!

joseph saliba
Mar 12th, 18:01 Il-Bidu tat-tmiem?

Gordon Farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:59 you can shout for as much as you want dear PN supporters - the people expect change and for there to be change the people in important positions have to be switched otherwise they will undermine the administration as they did in Sant's era. Keep shouting for 1825 days please. We waited 9125 days for this!!

D Axisa
Mar 12th, 17:58 Aren't these assigned as to per Ministries. We all know that we will have a new cabinet and new ministries. So, these have to resign so that new ones are appointed according to the new ministries.

N Mifsud
Mar 12th, 17:57 The 'Designate" instructing the "Principal Permanent Secretary" - tajba ukoll din!!!! B'dejna - "back to the golden socialist 1980s" - Gvern ta' Laburisti BISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Din ijja ic-CHANGE ta' Joseph!!!!

Thomas Anderson
Mar 12th, 18:32 Min jaf xi tghid int kieku nghidlek lin-Nazzjonalisti sejrin jigu trattati kif gew trattati Laburisti taht GonziPN. Taht il-PN fl-1987 jien dabbart 9 transfers. Il-vera rikoncilljazjoni bdiha Dr Alfred Sant u ser titkompla mill-Prim Ministru Dr Joseph Muscat ghax mhux sejjer jaghmel vendikazzjonijiet. Kuncett li int u nies bhalek mhux kapaci tifmhu kompli nharraq bil-kwiet u idlek l-ingwent.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 19:12 Ask me what I suffered during labour Sant said new labour this one says movement What is in a name ? We shall see

George Cassar
Mar 12th, 17:56 It is the custom that these people offer their resignation. Did they think that a new Govt. will keep them there so that there will be a direct link to the PN? These are key people that the Govt. needs to trust implicitly otherwise there will not be good governance.

Paul Caruana
Mar 12th, 17:56 Article 88 of our constitution explicitly states that Permanent Secretaries are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister in office. So there is nothing extraordinary in an incoming administration to request the resignation of people whose part of their requirements of appointment would have included the blessing of the political opponents of the current administration!

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Mr Joseph Ellis
Mar 12th, 18:24 @ Paul Caruana. Your reference is erroneous as you are quoting the section of the Constitution relating to parliamentary secretaries, not the one relating to permanent secretaries. Parliamentary secretaries, just like ministers, can be removed by the PM at will. Perm Secs, however, are regulated by sect 92 of the Constitution and they cannot be removed except after consultation with the PSC.

Mr Joseph Ellis
Mar 12th, 17:55 Sect 92 of the Const. states: (3) Power to appoint public officers to hold or act in the office of Permanent Secretary and to remove from office persons holding or acting in such office shall vest in the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister given after the Prime Minister has consulted with the Public Service Commission. Thus, PS's can't be removed by PM at will.

Malcolm Grech
Mar 12th, 17:54 These Perm Secs are not common employees and must assume some kind of responsibility on the poor state of government departments. If they think it is not their fault, they should say so and explain why and how things went wrong.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:54 Rita Schembri is a perm sec. should she be allowed to keep that post? Though these posts are not political, those appointed seem to be quite close to the past government. Are they willing to work with the new government to attain the goals promised in the PL's electoral program? This is the crux of the issue.

J. Scicluna
Mar 12th, 17:53 What a load of rubish from some shell-shocked PN apologists. 1. NO ONE can speak for/on behalf of the LP other than the authorised persons 2. The PRIME MINISTER needs the assurance that those around him will work WITH him or must leave 3. ALL Prime Ministers have done this except Alfred Sant; and see where THAT got him 4. Ministers do NOT run the Country; the Civil Service does; ergo the changes

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 19:16 Addio Malta Taghna..............

Mario Sacco
Mar 12th, 17:52 L-ahbar lis-Segretarji Permanenti gew mistoqsija sabiex jekk iridu jirrezenjaw, zgur li hassdet ftit jew wisq lil kulhadd. Segretarju Permanenti huwa Ufficjal Pubbliku gholi li jaghraf imexxi skont dak li jkun hemm bzonn. Jekk persuna tkun efficjenti u accountable allura ghandu jkollu l-fiducja ta' kulhadd u mill-banda l-ohra min ikun fil-kariga ghandu jaghraf kif jahdem taht kull amministrazzjoni

cesco di luigi
Mar 12th, 18:52 Xi tghidilna dwar il=perm secs u diretturi li tant ghafgu nies Mario. Jekk inti Mario talUHM suppost din tafa, u by the way prosit talli ftaht halqek wara dawn is-snin kollha. Hsibtek immutajt.

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Pierre Fenech
Mar 12th, 19:57 Accountable ????? They were one of the reasons why the PN lost with so a big margin. Who wants people with such baggage?

Mario Sacco
Mar 12th, 22:43 Taghlmu aqraw li hemm miktub. Jien kulma ghidt huwa l-fatt ta' kif suppost ikunu iz-zewg affarijiet kemm ta' min ikun fil-kariga u kemm ta' min ikun fl-amministrazzjoni.

cesco di luigi
Mar 13th, 10:09 nerga' nghidlek Mario wara snin shah ta silenzju f'lahhar qed titkellem. ghaliex m'ghamiltx bhal siehbek u hrigt mal PN ..iktar kont tkun kredibbli.

Charles Bugeja
Mar 12th, 17:51 Ma nahsibx li kellhom ghalfejn jintalbu biex jirrizenjaw - misshom telqu min rajhom ax kollha political appointees

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:48 Dr. de Marco "It is time for the PN to truly open up its ears to what the electorate is saying and to recognise, moreover, that our society has changed." Yet some individuals persist in their "babaw" tactics. Should the status quo remains just because these individuals have been appointed by the outgoing prime minister? Aren't some of these individuals responsible for the mess in public depts?

Josef Borg
Mar 12th, 17:48 The Prime Minister's actions and attitude are getting better by the day.

Rose Agius
Mar 12th, 17:48 Have you forgotten a certain Marlene Mizzi, MLP Candidate, who was appointed Chairperson of Sea Malta by PN?

Guido Farrugia
Mar 12th, 18:01 Int qed tohlom jew?

Saviour Fenech
Mar 12th, 18:19 Ghal korretezza Mrs Mizzi inhatret l-ewwel minn Alfred Sant, imma Prim Ministri Nazzjonalisti zammewha fil-poost.

Joseph M. Grech.
Mar 12th, 17:46 U kien hawn xi hadd qed jahseb li l-MLP inbidel? Ha Ha Ha u l-kbir ghadu gej ! ! !

Joseph Bonnici
Mar 12th, 19:24 U zgur li l-kbir ghadu gej, mhux ghalhekk ivvotajna ghal bidla. Malta taghna lkoll mhux tal blue eyed biss.

Eve Axiaq
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Malta taghna lkoll. Tindifa papali sabiex innehhu il-hbieb tal-klikka li kagun taghha l PN garrab l-akbar tkaxkira storika. Chairmen and CEOs of authorities next pls!

Mr Tony Gatt
Mar 12th, 17:45 So Permanent Secretaries are not so permanent after all.

tony abela
Mar 12th, 18:38 It seems you do not know that as Headship Post they are all on a 3-year Contract and when they finish the term they revert to their original post within the Civil Service.

Keith Goodlip
Mar 12th, 17:45 These are the same persons that brought the civil service to shambles.

matthew tanti
Mar 12th, 17:44 some people are saying that this is what always happens? but wasn't this PM supposed to bring about a new way of doing politics? and didn't he say that might is not right? will he terminate their contracts as permanent secretaries and compensate them according to law if they do not reign voluntarily?

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:15 Mat, bejn il-paroli u l-fatti hemm bahar fin-nofs. Missek ilek illi ndunajt.

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:44 kemm ilhom jghidu il labour snin li hawn l-incertezza minhabba jpo u franco debono.Issa zgur hawn incertezza ghax kull ma min titkellem hadd ma jaf xse jigri - hwienet vojta, teachers u civil servants jistennew xse jigri. About time li nerghu lura bis serjeta ghax ha infallu nibqghu sejrin hekk, dawn mhux affarijiet tac cajt. In nies li organizzaw il kampanja tal pl biss mhumiex incerti bhalissa

Robby Borg
Mar 12th, 17:43 in my case both permanent secretaries and some chairmen discriminated against us as they took political orders therefore the new government must replace them all .

Mario Giuliano
Mar 12th, 17:42 @ ALL commentators writing through a blue lens Deep down ALL OF YOU know and ADMIT that it is customary for Heads of Ministries and Ministerial secretariats, Politically appointed Chairmen/women and Directors, etc to offer one's resignation when a new administration comes in ... even if the new administration remains same party as the incumbent. Stop writing stupid comments!

Patrick Cumbo
Mar 12th, 17:41 Ma nistax nemmen dak li qed naqra! Hawn hafna timaginaw li jekk it-tifel ikollu bzonn lill xi hadd ta sostenn jew ta ghajnuna jkun lest li jwarrab il ommu jew missieru jew dak li veru jafda li dejjem kienu qribu? Mhux ovja fdawn il karigi trid nies li jkunu madwarek li tafna u li huma kapaci..Tajd mhux sejjer jajd il Galea Curmi Il RCC? Laqqas Obama ghax in nies ta Clinton's ma dahhalomx Admin lol

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Peppi Borg
Mar 12th, 17:41 If they were decent, these people would have offered their resignation to the PM, not stayed glued to their seat to play the victims! It would be a mistake for the new government not to introduce fresh blood to implement its policies. The new government needs true loyal people who work in its interests.

zammit o
Mar 12th, 17:41 This is an obvious move .. Unfortunately, the present Permanent Secretaries played an important role in the implementation of the BLUE/RED FACE policy practised by the Gonzi government.

A Cachia
Mar 12th, 17:39 I would have done the same....... You are either ready to work with me or else "resign" before you get yourself fired for working against me. What is wrong in that? Besides he didn't ORDER them to resign or sent them home packing there and then. It's only fair I guess.... the PN would have done the same thing no beating around the bush.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:38 Dr. de Marco "It is time for the PN to truly open up its ears to what the electorate is saying and to recognise, moreover, that our society has changed." Yet some individuals persist in their "babaw" tactics. Should the status quo remains just because these individuals have been appointed by the outgoing prime minister? Aren't some of these individuals responsible for the mess in public depts?

Peppi Borg
Mar 12th, 17:38 These are the people responsible for the mess the civil service is in. They should resign or else showed the front door. They are the reason why so many Nationalists voted PL as they felt ignored like thousands of other Maltese.

Kenrick Aquilina
Mar 12th, 17:38 It started as" Malta taghna lkoll" , then it turned to" taghna lkoll".......now we're living it

twanny borg
Mar 12th, 17:37 Fic-civil hemm hafna nazzjonalisti u laburisti jahdmu taht kull gvern leali lejn ix-xoghol u mhux min ikun fil-gvern. Hemm ohrajn li jiskartaw. Min jghid ma jahdimx ghax il-gvern taghna u min jghid ghax il-gvern mhux taghna. Ahjar jitnehhew dawn tal-ahhar jekk il-pajjiz irid imur il-quddiem.

George Cassar
Mar 12th, 17:36 It is customary for Govt. appointees to resign following a change in Govt. The perm secs should have resigned along with CEOs etc. Why didn't they so is quite a mystery to them. Perm secs have been turned into Govt. appointed private secretaries to ministers over and above the private secretariat. Should Govt. keep them as Alfred Sant did in 96? No, definitely! You need the trust of these people!

tony abela
Mar 12th, 17:34 The Civil Service was more efficient and productive before the Proficiency 3 Year Contract System was introduced by the PN Government.

R. Gauci

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Mar 12th, 17:33 Bir-rispett kollu lejn kullhadd, il-pozizzjoni ta' permanent secretary huma strategici ghall-Gvern u ovvja li ma bidla dawn iridu jinbidlu ma nies ta' fiducja tieghu. Tidher xi haga out of place ghal kellna gvern ilu 25 sena imma fi kwalunkwe demokrazija hekk jigri.

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:32 possibli li dawn kollha inkompetetenti u minn dawn joseph mhu lest li jahdem ma hadd? malta taghna ilkoll il bambin maghna.Ghax issa mhux bhal qabel hemm bicca xoghol ohra- hemm nies fic civil li hadu esperjenza kbira fuq xoghol li ghandu x jaqsam ma leu, jekk tnehhi lil dawn ha titlef snin ta esperjenza f kompetenza specjallizzata, nahseb mhux lahjar ta leu ha nsiru nispiccaw barra

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:29 It is customary that Permanent Secretaries are asked whether or not they were prepared to hand in their resignation. These individuals have an important role to play which impinged upon the efficiency of government entities. The new government has pledged to reduce bureaucracy by 25%, those that can't handle the heat, must decide and make up their mind. It's only fair on the 55% majority.

M Farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:28 "LEST LI NAHDMU MA KULLHADD" kien qal........li nesa jghid hu "basta tkun laburist u mill tal-qalba"

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:18 I never believed a single word of his. Is it possible that you did Mr.Farrugia?

Franco Attard Trevisan
Mar 12th, 17:28 I have mixed feelings about this... on one hand JM has stated he will work with everyone, on the other hand it's understandable that the highest ranks are held by people who enjoy the PM's full trust. Also, I can't see how 24 hours or less can ever be enough for a smooth hand over which is necessary for the good of the country let's give JM some time ... Speculating is useless

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:22 It is customary that Permanent Secretaries are asked whether or not they were prepared to hand in their resignation. These individuals have an important role to play which impinged upon the efficiency of government entities. The new government has pledged to reduce bureaucracy by 25%, those that can't handle the heat, must decide and make up their mind. It's only fair on the 55% majority.

A Spiteri
Mar 12th, 17:22 http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130203/interview/-Political-murder-.456016 Heq X' Tistenna!! Aghmilha li Anglu Farrugia

*Joseph Brincat
Mar 12th, 17:21 TO HAVE MALTA TAGHNA LKOLL YOU MUST GET RED OF SAME PEOPLE THAT THEY THINK THAT MALTA BELONGS TO THEM

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Ms Sandra Grech
Mar 14th, 21:31 And what's your proof Mr Brincat, do you even know any of these permanent secretaries?

Michael Magri
Mar 12th, 17:20 To My PN Friends.. Guys, i am more than sure that Prime Minister Muscat knows EXACTLY what he must do to make sure that, FOR THE BENEFIT OF US ALL AND THE COUNTRY, there would be NO Hidden Partisan `Political` agendas from anyone trying to interfere in the implementation of the PL`s MOST WINNING and BENEFICIAL Electoral Program of all times, AT ALL. GOT IT..

J. Stafrace
Mar 12th, 17:20 Next stop directors general, directors, chairmen and CEOs, if the new hover wants to execute his electoral programme effectively and efficiently.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:15 Is asking individuals to commit to their responsibilities a crime? What is the reason behind some of the arguments being brought up by some comments below? Instead of trying to understand why the ppl voted as they did, they're persisting with wanting the status quo. Is this the new PN already in action? Maybe they should read what Dr de Marco said in his piece today.

A Spiteri
Mar 12th, 17:15 X'Tistenna!! Aghmilha li Anglu Farrugia (This is like calling your best friend over and then shooting him in cold blood. It was political murder.) http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130203/interview/-Political-murder-.456016

cesco di luigi
Mar 12th, 17:11 Keep in mind that Perm. Secs. themelves are most instrumental in appointing Directors and Director Generals. The civil service is infiltrated with these friends of friends. I clearly remember Dr G Grima some 3 years back saying that the PM has the constitutional prerogative to select whoever he wants even as director. So I guess this is also valid under PL..

A Caruana
Mar 12th, 23:05 Too true and the New Cabinet as a civil servant was left in Limbo for years By Godwin Grima, now the shoe is on the other foot and it serves him right.

Vincent David Caruana
Mar 12th, 17:11 Most probably the PN apologists believed that once we are in power, we shall call Gonzi himself to govern. Unbelievable. In order to start from afresh you need new people. new faces and fresh ideas. Something the PN lost in his last 5 years. Joseph Muscat has the trust and responsibility to govern Malta as promised and since we all believe in him, he is going to pay back our trust and deliver.

M. Baron
Mar 12th, 17:10 These resignations are due.... AND HOW... The people voted overwhelmingly for change, and the least they deserve is a true meritocracy.... Those deserving re-appointment can always be re-appointed. The new broom should not be hindered from sweeping clean

GL Calleja

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Mar 12th, 17:10 Malta has been through some bad turmoil in the last few years and this new Government has to turn this country around for the better. They only have five years to accomplish all the bad that was created in the last few years. Here are some challenges. Arriva, Air Malta, The Enemalta Oil Scandal ( Now that is a whopper), Fix the City Gate Project, put a roof on top of the Opera House, etc etc.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 17:10 Seeing some of the comments below it seems that some of that 44% persists in wanting to maintain the status quo. 55% voted for change, and this entails that those that have been leg-dragging and festering upon bureaucracy either start shouldering responsibility or if they so wish, resign. It is only fair that the expectations of the majority start being fulfilled.

S. Cuschieri
Mar 12th, 17:08 Mank cans ghal 'hand over' almenu!!! Imma taghna lkoll Malta bilhaqq hux?!!

Neil Dent
Mar 12th, 17:07 Final paragraph: "Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees but can be removed by the prime minister at will."

Ruben Mifsud
Mar 12th, 17:05 I agree 100%.... This was what the PN Government should have done. How can you govern effectively if the heads of departments and all those responsible in all governmental departments and institutions are not loyal to the goverment. PN must learn from this if ever!

Eve Axiaq
Mar 12th, 17:04 Tajjeb. Bi tkaxkira storika bhal dik zgur hemm bzonn certu tindif mill-kallijiet tal-gvern ta qabel. Wara kollox postijiet sensittivi jirrikjedu certu fiducja.

James Hili
Mar 12th, 17:03 In all democratic countries, newly elected governments all appoint new people in top postings..le mela fiz zmien Sant..l ghatja kienet fil Gvern intom u imexxu ahna!

Mr Alan Zahra
Mar 12th, 17:02 This could easily be first big mistake of this new legislature. For the sake of continuity I would keep perm secs for a couple more months and review performance in due course - those who really deliver should have their contract extended and let go the others who fail. As new heads learn the ropes we will end up with u-turns and time wasted. The more things change the more we have of the same

Gaby Spiteri
Mar 12th, 16:55 Before becoming: MALTA TAGHNA LKOLL.. we have to get rid of the people who sold it to the KLIKKEK!!

Joseph Aquilina
Mar 12th, 17:11 So the witch hunt is now on!!

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Edward Camilleri
Mar 12th, 17:35 Exactly

R. Gauci
Mar 12th, 17:40 Hekk hu, ma tibdilx dawn il-karigi il-bidla tkun giet ghalxejn. L-importanti li hadd ma jitlef l-ghixien tieghu.

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:46 issa il klikka waslet kastilja ukoll, staqsi il head il gdid ta lopm li ghandu interessi f hafna businesses, restaurants, min jaf kemm ha jmur tajjeb, imma miskin tant hu trasparenti li mhux ha jibqa direttur fdawn il businesses biex taparsi mghandux xjaqsam.

Carmel Borg
Mar 12th, 17:46 Yeah yeah, and while at it, be the prosecutor, the judge and the jury.

Joe Tabone
Mar 12th, 17:48 Gaby, You should make a list of Perm Secs, and will soon notice that there are many valid ones from both sides of the political spectrum. Speak with facts................Malta Taghna Ukoll!!

George Fenech
Mar 12th, 16:55 Some people live for hatered, that is its the same old story yet again even after a photofinish result at the polls! Maybe the nationalist bloggers are still shaken and cannot read well, or maybe their intention is otherwise. Try to be responsable for your words and at least have the decency to start your blog by apologising for the words written by many of you along the campaign.

Chris Galea
Mar 12th, 16:53 Dak ghax Malta taghna lkoll.....ser nibdew mid-dehra.

Michael Magri
Mar 12th, 17:33 Iva Chris.. Ser Nibdew u SE NOQGHODU ATTENTI HAFNA. X`Tippretendi li tal-KLIKKA jibqghu jirrenjaw u jtuna l-gambetti minn taht..!! Ma tarax siehbi li qed tippretendi/u wisq.! Dawn l-affarijiet nafuhom sew siehbi ta, ghax garrabnihom.. Tafu x`kienu jghidu tal PN fi zmien Dr Sant ghax kien halla lil kulhadd fejn kien..! Kienu jghidu, ".. il-gvern taghkom, u nikkmandaw AHNA.."..! Dik Vilta Eh..!!

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:53 I hope that with their resignation, permanent secretaries are not allowed to shed their responsibility on their use of the power of incumbency. It is a shame how they destroyed Malta's basic EU membership tenet of democracy with tax refunds, MEPA permits, promotions, contracts, etc creating more injustices & drawing the eyes of international organisations to Malta's poor democracy standards.

GL Calleja
Mar 12th, 17:12 As they often say in baseball, throw the bum(s) out.

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Mar 12th, 16:52 It is obvious that top officials must make way, Labour cannot repeat the 1996 mistake and allow to be internally weakened by people who do not enjoy the governments trust. This is normal practice.

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:24 Labour were not weakened by the top officials. They were weakened by the very same people who were supposed to be working hand in hand Mr.Sant but decided for reasons known only to them to abandon the ship. Let us say....Lino Spiteri and George Abela.

Francis Farrugia
Mar 12th, 16:52 Qeghdin taraw. Joseph qal: AHNA LESTI NAHDMU MA KULLHADD. Dawn il-Perm Secs gew mitluba biex b`time bar tat-tlieta tal-lejla jissottomettu r-rizenja taghhom minghajr ma gew mistoqsija jekk humiex lesti li jahdmu ma dan il-gvern. Din hija l-ewwel targa. Sewwa kienet qalet Helena Dalli.

Alexander Brincat
Mar 12th, 17:20 It is pretty normal in any democracy. These people are at the helm of a government. So would you expect the US military to appoint a Russian official at the top of their government departments and vica versa? Come on.

Franco Attard Trevisan
Mar 12th, 17:31 "Permanent secretaries have been ASKED whether they are prepared to submit their resignation" in other words they're being asked whether they prefer to resign or co-operate with the new government. Sounds legit to me!

mario grech
Mar 12th, 16:52 Permanent secretaries have been asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today. Isn't this simple English. They have been asked if they want they can stay, if not resign.

Michael Vella
Mar 12th, 18:08 Mario Grech simple English is not simple, the underlying message there is that, if you do not resign by 3pm today, you will be sacked (before tea time). It is not an invitation for them to stay on, had that been the case there would have been no reason for the issue of that notice by the Head of the CS.

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:26 Lil minn trid tbellaha din Mario? Hsibt li n-nies bhahen?

victor caruana
Mar 12th, 16:47 Well they were appointed on political grounds according to the one and only Austin Gatt!! We need more competent people to get this rusty tub out of the water.

Michael Seychell
Mar 12th, 18:35 Victor I doubt whether you understand plain & simple English since the first part of the last sentence in the above report states that "Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees". Normally private secretaries of the ministers are hand picked on their political allegiance.

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John Zammit
Mar 12th, 16:46 I believe it was after 1987 that the permanent secretaries started being appointed for a given period which in turn turned them into a minister's canvaser So why all this Bluff. We need a serious civil service by not looking at the face but at their ability. When you appoint some one for a fixed term you subject him to your personal wishes.

m. borg (slm)
Mar 12th, 16:46 It is customary for P Secs to hand in their resignation without being asked for it and then the new PM would consider whom to keep or not. It seems the present ones did not bother still thinking that nothing has changed. I also expect the CEOs at airmalta and those at enemalta to follow suit and reinstated if they deserve to be.. Normal practice.

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:36 heqq donn't blame them in thinking that nothing has changed daqs kemm ilu jghid joseph li it tnejn gurnata xoghol bhas soltu anki lil ta tvam dam hekk qalhom. u ahna lesti li nahdmu ma kulhadd qal. il poplu kollox jibla

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:38 fil kaz lairmalta nerghhu indahhlu lil louis grech ghax fi zmienu flotta ajruplani godda fjamanti kellna itiru vojta u minn jiddependi mit turizmu ha jmut bil guh, imbasta meta dhalna fl eu kien qal f intervista li l-airmalta lesta ghal kull competition.

R Casha
Mar 12th, 16:45 Reading the comments submitted, I must say that the Nationalists must become familiar with the term "resignation"...a term that they have excluded from their dictionary for their own benefit! Muscat is bringing on the change this country needs!

Noel Borg
Mar 12th, 16:45 Big deal, it is customary that "trust positions" always offer their resignation even if the Minister changes let alone if there is a change in Government. Why all this fuss? After all that is why the regulations state that Perm Sects can be removed by the Prim Minister at will. And please, rest assured that all Per Sec knew this very well!

J Mifsud
Mar 12th, 16:45 Something like this is the norm in each legislature. It's obvious that the PM and ministers need people who they can trust in very top positions. So you're saying that they need to keep the same people who one cannot trust to implement the plan for these 5 years? Or else ppl who are responsible for some recent failures (arriva, mepa, etc..)?

D. Farrugia
Mar 12th, 16:44 If some changes will not take place , then I start thinking what will ever be going to change in Malta.

Joseph M. Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:41 Well done Joseph. These were political appointments no matter what they say. Most of them are anti-labour and there is no room for the. What

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happened in 1996 will not be repeated.

Pauline Busuttil
Mar 12th, 17:46 imma l-ewwel li appunt Joseph Muscat kien habib ta' tfulitu, ex ufficjal tal GWU u negozjant - kollha hbieb....... u din Malta Taghna Ilkoll~!!!!!

carlos ellul
Mar 12th, 16:41 If these people are political appointees then they should be the first to be shown the door. However the government should allow them the space to re-apply for their jobs. If they are good enough, then they should be allowed to work.

Joseph Goerge Borg
Mar 12th, 16:40 So within few days we have to vote to choose the permanent secretaries,CEO etc, because we were told that these are to be selected by the public.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 17:39 J.G.Borg: X'qed thawwad !

m farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:47 imla rasek

M Fava
Mar 12th, 16:39 Isn't this normal procedure?

A. Schembri
Mar 12th, 17:31 ghidilhom naqra ax awn hafna ma jridux jifhmu...

S Vella
Mar 12th, 16:39 Mill kummenti vojta ta kritika nikkonkludi li fi zmien partit Nazzjonalista fil-gvern dawn kienu kollha nies tal fiducja tieghu....allura issa x'tippretendu? biex il magna tac civil tahdem u tamministra sew dak li jimplimenta l-gvern tal-gurnata huwa ovvju li jrid ikollu nies tal-fiducja tieghu. Ma nahsibx li dawk li kien hemm sa jmorru jirregistraw min ghada. Halluna ha nwettqu dak li wieghdna

Silvan saliba butler
Mar 12th, 16:39 This is why he is asking if they want to resign ! If they want to remain well and good ! Tistghu ma taqblux maghna imma tistghu tahdmu maghna ! Remember ???

Emanuel Zahra
Mar 12th, 16:38 If I may ask, weren't these the people who were primarily responsible for the state of affairs of the Civil Service? X'tipredendi, li thalli nies fit-tmun li mhux bilfors ghandek fiducja fihom? These are "trust positions", and the people occupying them are aware of this. And mind you, this practice is not new, this has always been the normal practice in our Civil Service.

john muscat
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The permanent secretaries were politically appointed, therefore they should resign automatically as soon as a change of government is made irrespective who it may be.

jm busuttil
Mar 12th, 16:37 I always said that if PL are elected we will have 5 years of excitement and this is just the beginning. The clock is ticking. http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20150311T00&p0=255&fg1=ea0606&msg=Konrad%27s+power+station

Malta taghna lkoll, taghna lkoll, taghna lkoll, taghna lkoll.

Joseph M. Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:43 Yes the clock is ticking but that which belongs to Tonio Fenech.

jm busuttil
Mar 12th, 16:59 @ Joseph M. Saliba

Like. But my clock is expected by all Maltese to sound its alarm and the 36000 majority demand that their vote is exchanged for the promise made. LOL

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 17:41 J.M.Busuttil: IVA, " TAGHNA LKOLL " mhux tan-nazzjonalisti BISS !

Roger Camilleri
Mar 12th, 18:25 E.Privatera : - Apparentament min dawn il manuveri jider li malta tal lejber biss :)

Vince Piscopo
Mar 19th, 06:32 Nies telliefa ta GonziPN jirragunaw bhalek Roger.....nazzjonalisti genwini li vvutaw labour jistennew u jaraw kif tabilhaq l-PL fil gvern diga beda jwettaq dak li wieghed.......aktar ma tkunu negattivi u divizivi anqas takkwistaw fiducja kif gralkom!

Robby Borg
Mar 12th, 16:37 r borg one expect not only the permanent to resign but also all chairmen .

George Sciberras
Mar 12th, 16:37 This is not customary at all. Permanent Secretaries are appointed through a 3 year contract. Malta taghna lkoll indeed!

R Axisa
Mar 12th, 16:36 It is always expected that politically appointees tender in their resignation if a change in government occurs. Jekk il-huta ilha tinten minn rasha, ma jistax

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ikun li tibda pagna gdida b'nies li huma kompletament kontra l-policies tal-gvern il-gdid. It stands to reason. Iva, nemmen li Malta ghandha tkun taghna lkoll, imma biex tmexxi trid persuni tal-fiducja tieghek, inkella bsaten fir-roti.

Brian Debono
Mar 12th, 16:36 Malta taghna lkoll ..... oops soory .......Malta kollha taghna

Joe Muscat
Mar 12th, 16:35 Why are people blogging against this move.....55% of the electoate voted for change....You need to accept it...tough! But certain things are so obvious....

mark borg
Mar 12th, 16:34 Prosit Joseph ..dawn responsabli ghal ispalpaljar ta flus il poplu kienu wkoll ....prosit u komplu naddfu l-ghanqbud .55 percent ta MALTA WARAJK !

Edward Camilleri
Mar 12th, 16:33 I don't know what the fuss is all about.......this is completely normal when a change in gov't occurs, what would you expect, letting people he can't trust or rely on to make 'bsaten fir-roti???'. We all know how Alfred Sant fared when he decided to let them there...............

M Fava
Mar 12th, 16:30 What's the problem if they are appointed for 3 years?

Ronnie Callus
Mar 12th, 17:40 Although the appointment is for 3 years the Government in position has the right to terminate their appointment Mr.Fava. Ask your ex-Prime Minister if you want futher clarification.

Leonard Brincat
Mar 12th, 16:30 Hafna mil kummenti ta hawn taht jindikaw li dawk li jappogjaw il PN ghadhom ma jistawx jaccettaw li il maggoranza tal poplu riedu bidla. Jekk tara l ismijiet ta min kiteb hwn taht tinduna li ghandha 5 snin b din il kantalina. Ma jimpurtax ikkritikaw fejn ikun hemm bzonn imma intikhom parir li ahjar taraw ser taghmlu biex tigru il bicciet li fadal tal PN biex tkunu oppozizzjoni tajba bizzejjed.

Eve Axiaq
Mar 12th, 17:38 Like

Christina Sammut
Mar 12th, 16:30 dawn il-persuni huma responsabbli li l-pjan tal gvern jitwettaq. Allura huwa mportanti li s-segretarji permanenti jkunu tal-fiducja tal-Priministru u jkun cert li dawn mhux ser jaghmlulu ostakli.

D. Muscat
Mar 12th, 16:26 The hand of friendship Joseph Muscat promised in on Il-Fosos vanished in thin air barely 48 hours after. What a fake he is!

Alexander Genuis
Mar 12th, 16:54 Dr.Joseph Muscat Fake??????????Mela Ha Nghidlek kien hawn 36,000 Ruh li raw Bniedem FAKE,Hallina Tridx,mela x'Nghamel,nhalli l-istess Nies bhall 1996 u Hadd ma kien grad!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jekk il-Gvern precedent tilef il-fiducja trid tibda mill-bidu,tibdel,tibda mill-gdid,issa hu

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pacenzja,accetta it-telfa REKORD,FAKE u rebah b'36,000 vot,mela kiekeu kien REJALI b'kemm kien JIRBAH??????????????????????

Alden Grima
Mar 12th, 17:19 grow up

Ronnie Callus
Mar 12th, 17:37 Iva 'Fake' Sur.Muscat, ma' prettendejtx li l-karettun taghna u tirkbu intom ukoll U. Huwa lanqas il-votanti minn taghkom stess ma' jridukom ahseb wara kemm se' nhallu nies f'postijiet stratetigi jkomplu huma. Staqsi lil Gonzi jekk hallihomx !!!!! Issa hudu pacenzja ghax bizzejjed hadna bikom.Ghalxejn tibku issa la' ma'tghajtux kaz in-nies meta kien waqtu.Issa qed tindunaw li affarijiet jistu jsiru

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 17:48 D. Muscat:: Do you remember when Dr. Eddie Fenech Adami became prime minister ? Do you remember ANY TOP CIVIL SERVANT who had been promoted by a Labour government, being kept in his post ? All were asked to resign. This is NORMAL because the PM and ministers want to be sure that they have people they trust 100% in such posts. Dr.Sant was the exception AND PAID A HEAVY PRICE !

Roger Camilleri
Mar 12th, 18:24 The question is not what EFA promised we are talking about Dr. Muscat here. Malta taghna lkoll is not so taghna lkoll apperantly it's just for the labourites. Wouldn't be an issue but Dr Muscat insisted that he is prepared to work with anyone... regardless of his color but based on his merit.. apperently however there is a disclaimer, not being taghna lkoll doesnt qualify you for this..

scott brown
Mar 12th, 16:25 seems it is going to be a five year rough ride for civil servants. i just pity those who believed PL. lest nahdmu maghkom jekk intom lesti li tahdmu maghna. He repeated this quote ad nauseum. did JM ask perm secs this same question? will DGs and Directors follow the same fate?

R Casha
Mar 12th, 16:37 The ppl being asked to resign are politically appointed, and it is normal for them to submit their resignation. Then the govt. will decide whom to keep andwhom to replace. All govts do this, including Nationalists. So far the PM took the right decisions.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 16:40 Scott Brown: Malta Taghna Lkoll ma tfissirx li MALTA TIBQA TAN-NAZZJONALISTI BISS !

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:41 The rough ride has ended. The civil service has been staffed by ex-postal workers, ex-drydocks, and employees of companies which the PN decided to close. Imagine 900 postal workers being transferred to the general service. I have nothing against postal workers, but their dignity was destroyed, and also the general service because it could not take such a huge number of one category of workers.

Paul Meilak
Mar 12th, 17:02 @ Privitera.. ..ifisser illi Malta taghna lkoll il-laburisti.

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Wally Vella-Zarb
Mar 12th, 16:24 It is customary to offer one's resignation when a new administration comes in and then it is up to the incumbent to decide whether to accept it or otherwise. At least, that was my experience up to 1987.

A Caruana
Mar 12th, 16:55 Well said Wally.

John Attard
Mar 13th, 06:45 You are wrong. Permanent secretaries have three year contracts and are then either reappointed or not by a direct decision of the Prime Minister. But the prime Minister and any Perm Sec can come to terms and dissolve an existing agreement if they both agree on new terms. That is the democratic way forward.

Joseph Grech
Mar 12th, 16:24 Issa naraw jekk Jason Micallef (quoting: "Ha nkunu, mela le - Gvern tal Labrusti...") jispiccax fix xandir nazzjonali maz zmien :)

Joseph Grech
Mar 12th, 16:26 Laburisti* Sorry for the typo.

Alden Grima
Mar 12th, 17:17 PBS Chief executive officer Anton Attard was a former PN campaign manager not to mention Natalino Fenech, Norman Vella, Lou Bondi and Perre Portelli

Pablo Mallia
Mar 12th, 16:24 "Naghmlu Deployment exercise lil-haddiema tac-civil kollha"...............Helena Dalli.

Lawrence Attard
Mar 12th, 21:46 Suppost diga sar

Sandra Camilleri
Mar 12th, 16:24 MALTA TAGHNA LKOLL! The words that Dr Muscat said also that he wanted to work with all - so why this move in Government departments. Perm.Secretarys are part of the Civil Service and appointed by the state and NOT by a political party or movement in power.

Antonello Briffa
Mar 12th, 16:58 Xqed tippretendi Sandra? Li nhallu n-nies li kien hemm li ghamlu hsara kbira, li kisru l-ligi u qishom xi allat hadd ma jista ghalihom? Jien lili, is-segretarju permanenti tas-sahha waqqafli business ghax kxift hmieg f'tender. Meta rraportajt lill-ministeru dan qalli li ma jistax jaghmel hekk ghax illegali, imma xorta wahda ma sar xejn. Issa qed tippretendu li dawn jibqghu hemm?

matthew tanti
Mar 12th, 19:29 jekk kiser il-ligi missek fittixtu. il-qrati ghalhekk qeghdin. jekk m'ghamiltx hekk ghalxejn tparla.

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John L Galea
Mar 12th, 16:23 We need people who are capable and who are ready to follow the government agenda and not people who have been there giving us crap all these years. Yes key positions should be trustworthy individuals, otherwise the government will face problems.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 19:45 'Yes' men not able men.

Pablo Mallia
Mar 12th, 16:23 "ghanna kollox lest, kulhadd isib postu biex jiehu over".........Silvio Parnis.

Alden Grima
Mar 12th, 17:06 mhux ovvja li tkun lest ghat-tmexxija galadarba tikkontesta elezzjoni

A Abela
Mar 12th, 16:22 Besides being qualified, permanent secretaries should enjoy the trust of whoever appoints them. The pm who appointed them is no more. Hence they should have resigned yesterday. Any political or appointments of trust appointees should have submitted their resignations yesterday

A Caruana
Mar 12th, 16:21 Many people who are making idiotic comments clearly have no knowledge of how the Civil Service works. It is customary with every change of Government be it PN or PL that Permanent Secretaries, Boards, Commissions etc that were appointed by the previous administration tender their resignation with a change of Government. That is as it should be and it is not on Political grounds.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 16:48 BUT Joseph now PM said he will work with everybody to resign would be an insult. Here we go

Alden Grima
Mar 12th, 17:04 well said, they should have handled their resignation on their own

Roger Camilleri
Mar 12th, 18:19 Customary or not .. joseph said he was prepared to work with anyone.... forcing anyone to submit his resignation just because he's not taghna lkoll clearly contradicts his movement concept!!!!!

A. Muscat
Mar 12th, 16:21 A.Muscat Dan ghadu il-bidu meta se jibdel l-ghamara li bidel Sant.

Noel Damato
Mar 12th, 16:16 Try to make a clean up of heads. Malta needs fresh blood not the same old story cousins, and friend of friends only and who you know. Let fresh blood take the position and give them time to prove themselves then one can comment........Malta taghna lkoll

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Noel Damato
Mar 12th, 16:16 Try to make a clean up of heads. Malta needs fresh blood not the same old story cousins, and friend of friends only and who you know. Let fresh blood take the position and give them time to prove themselves then one can comment........Malta taghna lkoll

John Micallef
Mar 12th, 16:15 They are appointed by the Prime minister... how can they not be political appointees? Apart from that, with every change of government a change in management is normal.

G Grima
Mar 12th, 16:15 I am only sad that Mintoff is not amongst us. He would have been so proud.

moira sciberras
Mar 12th, 16:14 What a nice view from the balcony after so so many years instead of reading 50 shades of grey I'm reading the book grey shades for Malta taghna lkoll.keep it up Joseph !! What's next now??

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:14 Fl-1998 Fenech Adami kien qal: Innehhu lil kulhadd imbaghad nghatu cans lil dawk li lesti jahdmu maghna bil-mod il-mod. Izda dak ic-cans qatt ma inghata, 15-il sena wara!

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 16:50 Issa trid tmur lura. Joseph qal hares lil quddiem u inti?

Alden Grima
Mar 12th, 16:14 Bdiet t-tindifa, u minn rasha ghax min hemm tinten l-iktar

Anthony Borg
Mar 12th, 16:13 It seems as if giving anyone who doesn't want to work with you an opportunity to leave is a bad thing, the headline is pretty misleading and is giving sour grapes the opportunity to whine and complain.

S Vella
Mar 12th, 16:11 The late PN Government appointed hundreds of his loyal boys in strategic places during his legislature. All those in ministries chose specifically were to report the following monday or tuesday morning if the PL won the election. It was all set by the Nationalist government to find the right places most of which carried a good promotion too, for the faithful blue eyed boys.

Roger Camilleri
Mar 12th, 16:10 Taghna lkoll! Taghna lkoll! Taghna lkoll!!!!!

V. Grech
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Malta taghna lkoll!!! Imma trid tirrezenja

Stefan Enge
Mar 12th, 16:07 All their long year experience down the drain. At least I would have kept them for a proper hand over.... This is Gonzi/RCC style.

James Grech
Mar 12th, 16:06 Jumping the gun as always. "Permanent secretaries have been asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today." It doesn't sound like an ultimatum, but more like "if you want to work with us, you have to seriously commit to do so".

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 16:55 No Joseph said keep your faith the movement is different but now we will see many moves to appoint laburisti BISS and who . Well I am not disappointed we deserve it 35,000!!! hope the axe falls on them too.

A Spiteri
Mar 12th, 16:05 So you expected otherwise? This is a quite reasonable request by the new government if they are serious about changing things around. How do you expect to make the changes you want with gonzi's people at helm of important positions?

carmelo farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:30 I agree with a.spiteri 100%. Ma hadhux bizzejjed, after all we can't trust them people anyway,pl keep up the good work.

twanny borg
Mar 12th, 16:04 Li tkecci nies ta' esperjenza qabel ma trawwem nies ohra huwa zball.

G Grima
Mar 12th, 16:18 Malta taghna. 37000 votes.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 16:37 twanny borg: Asking permanent secretaries to resign does not mean that none of them will be reappointed. Indeed, they should have offered their resignation and then it is up to the PM and his ministers to decide whether to reappoint them or appoint a new permanent secretary. That is why they are appointed on temporary contracts.

S Vella
Mar 12th, 16:03 Permanent secretaries have been asked whether they are prepared to submit their resignation, and if so, to do so by 3 pm today. They were not enforced to do so! After allthey should hand in their resignation...perm secs are all unofficial political grades!

Charles Zahra
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Fast forward reverse! reminds me of the past!

Roy Fava
Mar 12th, 16:03 dawn il perm secs x jippretendu li jibqghu hemm??....

A. Xuereb
Mar 12th, 16:03 They should have handed their resignation yesterday.That is the ethical thing to do, it is then up to the newly elected PM to decide whether one's services will be retained or not. Whoever is saying that this is being done out of political spite has no idea of protocol.

carmelo farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:34 Agree

Ms Mari Bor
Mar 12th, 16:03 Well i believe that these people were responsible for GONZIPN's disaster! So might as well resign! We needed a breath of fresh air! looking forward to these 5 years!

Guza Zammit
Mar 12th, 16:03 had to look at the dictionary for the meaning of meritocracy.... "people selected on the basis of their ability".... who did wrong in the previous legislature..?. them or their ministries...? I wonder...!!! and worry...!! was there any perm sec who voted for pl as he/she believed that meritocracy will reign and their work would be be acknowledged better under the pl?

Malcolm Seychell
Mar 12th, 16:01 This is something very normal. Permanent secretaries are usually appointed by the ministers...... ma nippretendux xi lou bondi jaghmlu xi segretarju parlamentari jew xi head of PR hux..

P Caruana
Mar 12th, 16:00 What is the big deal ? These people are the same individuals chosen by the Gonzi PN, who assisted PN supporters for the past years and most especially and disgustingly, giving these same supporters preferential treatments just weeks before the election, only due to color. This is no revenge but anyone not treating ALL Maltese equal, their time is over. They should have resigned themselves.

Mr Ernest Vella
Mar 12th, 16:00 Kemm qed niehu gost!!! La vvutajtulhom oqghodu ghalihom ghax Malta taghna lkoll :) taghna l-laburisti they meant!!!

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Edward Camilleri
Mar 12th, 17:28 Hi Mr Ernest Vella, Can you explain clearly to me what's wrong with this decision? would you imagine a Prime Minister working everyday with people who he doesn't know? what would you do in his position? Thanks, and waiting for your reply

Luke Borg
Mar 12th, 16:00 Shush! This country has been given more than enough of 'your' bad decisions. Just respect those 55% who voted for a change in Government, and I repeat, CHANGE in Government! ...CHANGE MY DEAR, CHANGE! BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A BL...Y CHANGE! and come on let's face it now. And the people's message, was quite evident . Or 37,000 is not evident enough! mela, SHUSH & RESPECT THE PEOPLE'S DECISION!

Karl Abela
Mar 12th, 16:00 Malta Taghna Lkoll. Kulhadd jista jahdem maghna. Nemnu bil-meritokrazija. Yeah right. This is not what the country voted for. Bad start.

R. Balzan
Mar 12th, 16:54 Ghadek ma qtajtx qalbek bil-kummenti negattivi? Issa oqghodu osservaw kif ghandu jitmexxa l-pajjiz.

P Sciberras
Mar 12th, 15:59 These are all political appointed personnel. So, all politically appointed employees should had already offered their resignation. Then its up to the newly elected government to decide who will keep his posit or not.

Luke Borg
Mar 12th, 15:59 Shush! This country has been given more than enough of 'your' bad decisions. Just respect those 55% who voted for a change in Government, and I repeat, CHANGE in Government! ...CHANGE MY DEAR, CHANGE! BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A BL...Y CHANGE! and come on let's face it now. And the people's message, was quite evident . Or 37,000 is not evident enough! mela, SHUSH & RESPECT THE PEOPLE'S DECISION!

Bernard Pollacco
Mar 12th, 16:17 its free speech !

Corinne Vella
Mar 12th, 16:40 You may as well demand the mass resignation of every civil servant in the country, given that all have served under the previous administration, and several before that too.

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Luke Borg
Mar 13th, 09:10 I repeat: RESPECT the people's OUTSTANDING decision to CHANGE! ACCETTAWHA - NAF LI IEBSA. And if I were you, maybe I'll start moaning in, let's say 4 years time, but my God, you're moaning just two days after, maaaaaaa.....miskin/a min ha jkun jghix madwarkom..maaaaaaa...soliderjata for those around you...peace...

Anthony Galea
Mar 12th, 15:58 "Tista ma taqbilx maghna izda tista tahdem maghna"..."Taghna lkoll, Taghna Lkoll..."

A Abela
Mar 12th, 15:57 Permanent secretaries should be apponted by the incumbent pm. Do you think it is fair that the most important appointees in the civil service be appointed by a former pm. They should have submited their resegnation yesterday after the pm was sworn in.

Joseph Micallef
Mar 12th, 15:56 Only political appointees should be replaced. Permanent secretaries are part of the Civil Service and are employed by the State and not by any political party in power. This is a mistake.

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 16:26 Joseph Micallef: You are wrong ! Permanent Secretaries are appointed by the PM So a new PM has every right, and DUTY. to appoint new permanent secretaries who he knows , believe in the new government's mission statement and electoral program.

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:26 Ask Agostino or read his articles in in-Nazzjon Taghna in the 1990s when he was Secretary General of the PN. He wrote long articles on how permanent secretaries are political animals that should form the link between a Minister and the technical side of departments. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. I hope in-Nazzjon Taghna tomorrow will re-publish Gatt's philosophy on perm secs

J. Scicluna
Mar 12th, 17:07 Right...employed by the State BUT promoted to their post by the PM! Get a life. ALL newly appointed Prime Ministers do this. I go a step further; the post of PermSec was invented by PN Governments to place THEIR people above all others and so have their own people of trust in key positions. So, what is wrong with PRIME MINISTER Joseph Muscat placing people of HIS trust in that position?

Roy Fava
Mar 12th, 15:56 No news here.........if these perm secs have any decency they should resign out of their own free will...fresh blood needed to move this country forward.

Corinne Vella
Mar 12th, 16:38 Permanent secretaries are ordinarily bound to retain their positions during times of transition. It defeats the purpose of their role to demand otherwise.

J. Scicluna
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Corinne Vella The purpose of their role was invented by PN Governments when they wanted their own people of trust at the top levels in the Civil Service. This was an invented position so that the Heads were not removed BUT someone of trust placed above them. Get a grip on reality....theres is a NEW Prime Minister and he MUST have people he TRUSTS around him; red or blue!

Albert Bonello
Mar 12th, 15:56 Is the Government in its legal right to cancel a contract prior to its termination??

E. Mifsud
Mar 12th, 16:15 I think so Mr Bonello, if there is a clause in this regard. In that case, most probably, there will be a golden handshake!

A Abela
Mar 12th, 16:25 "Permanent Secretaries are not considered political appointees but can be removed by the prime minister at will." That's because they are appointments of trust.

Pablo Mallia
Mar 12th, 16:36 Yes but the government must pay the full salary up till the end of the contract to the person involved. THEY SHOULD NOT RESIGN as it would be them who would pay the government the difference until the term of contract expires. (PL= Malta taghna llkoll = MLP)

m. borg (slm)
Mar 12th, 16:52 There are contracts and there are contracts. Doesn't the electoral trashing tell you something, like, that most or some of these guys failed in their job?

Gorg Sciberras
Mar 12th, 17:08 That depends on what the contract says.

Malcolm Farrugia
Mar 12th, 15:55 It is the custom for Permanent Secretaries to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister at the beginning of each and every legislature. Let's not forget that most of these high officials held huge stakes in wrong decisions taken during the last legislature run by a Nationalist government, therefore responsibility must be assumed!

Ms Maria Vella
Mar 12th, 16:10 ghax kollox hazin ghamel il PN that is why we have one of the most stable economies in Europe remove your blinkers

George Debono
Mar 12th, 16:11 This is absolutely untrue......its custom to keep them on for continuity.

Corinne Vella
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Part of the permanent secretaries' role is to provide a smooth transition in times of political change. Demanding the resignation of the entire corps runs counter to the purpose of the office.

Ray Buhagiar
Mar 12th, 16:54 Perfectly said. The recent collective agreements signed in a rush on the eve of the election should all be reviewed. These collective agreements will be costing the tax payer a lot of money and there is nothing in return in terms of better service.

S Farrugia
Mar 12th, 17:09 @ Mr George Debono If GonziPN wanted continuity, they should have left a file or two at Castille. U mela l-Perm Secs!!

Saviour Aquilina
Mar 12th, 15:54 This is the beginning, so what we are waiting in the coming weeks and months????? Malta Taghna Ilkoll jew Malta Tal Labour????

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 16:29 Saviour Aquilina: Hekk tajjeb eh? Ikollna gvern gdid kif ried il-poplu , izda l-amministrazzjoni tibqa f'idejn il-PN ! Tippretendux li anki l-membri tal-MEPA jibqghu l-istess ?

Mario Ellul
Mar 12th, 16:32 How scary Mr Aquilina!! Just for your knowledge, this is the norm with every new legislation. PN lost, get over it!

Mark Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:36 X'tipprendendi Sur Aquilina??? Jibqu jmexxu nies li mghandhomx fiducja fil-gvern. Anki b'din it-telfa storika ha tibqghu arroganti.

Luke Borg
Mar 12th, 16:38 Mela x jaghmel! leeeeeeeeeeee ntik l-istallett ha tniffiduli f'dahri...mit-ton tieghek u ta' erba moaners li hawn hawn, tinstema li kont qed temmnu hafna int lil Joseph qabel l-elezzjoni, meta kien jghid li Malta Taghna Lkoll! ohhhh mikkin, iddeludih! mikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkin :( darb ohra tivvutalux u jkun hemm 37,000 minus one, anzi minus two, anzi minus three, anzi minus XEJN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neville Debattista
Mar 13th, 08:59 One member which will surely retain her seat is Mrs. Harrisson. The blue eyed girl who declared that she was switching sides. Minn mhux maghna kontra taghna . Isn't it so Mr.Privitera?

noel ellul
Mar 12th, 15:53 malta taghna ilkoll

P. Ciantar
Mar 12th, 15:53 Malta taghna llkoll- says it all

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Eve Axiaq
Mar 12th, 15:51 Chairmen and CEOs of authorities next pls.

Luke Borg
Mar 12th, 16:34 very well said

carmelo buttigieg
Mar 12th, 15:49 As it should be. These individuals were responsible for the deterioration of the Civil Service. It is highly imperative to appoint fresh blood in every department so as to implement what was effectively proposed.

Francis Saliba M.D.
Mar 12th, 15:49 MALTA TAGHNA LKOLL - not as it was preached sanctimoniously in the run up to the election but as the Labour Party intends to put it into practice. Set a beggar on horseback and he will ride to the devil or its Maltese equivalent (expurgated): "Libes qalziet gdid u hammeg fih".

Mr F J Brincat
Mar 12th, 16:15 Irrespective of beggars and horses and soiling your pants - as it says in the report, the permanent secrataries can be removed at will - prestty sure your PN would have acted the same way.

censu busuttil
Mar 12th, 16:27 Bhal ma ghamiltu fl'87

Eddy Privitera
Mar 12th, 16:30 Francis Saliba M.D. LE NHALLU MALTA F'IDEJN GONZIPN BISS !

R. Cilia
Mar 12th, 16:41 Sour grapes Francis.

Patrick Zammit
Mar 12th, 18:53 All PSs were appointed by GonziPN. So what is wrong with JM appointing a new set?

J. Scicluna
Mar 12th, 15:48 A new Government MUST have people of trust around it particularly at the highest levels. p.s. The PM should have his Offices de-loused of any "forgotten" bugs left behind; while at it some spring cleaning at the Security Service might be in order too!

J Cassar
Mar 12th, 16:33 Wara jumejn biss diga insejt li kien qal il-partit qabel l-elezzjioni, li ma narawx bil-kuluri ghax Malta taghna ilkoll?! Fejna il-meritokrazija li tant

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hambaqtu bija?!

Mark Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:37 fakkarhom sur Scicluna ghax dawn in-nies qishom jinsew. L-ewwel sentenza li ghidt kien qala Lawrence Gonzi

J. Scicluna
Mar 12th, 17:39 J.Cassar you weren't expecting that people who were placed in the position of PermSec by successive PN PM's remain in their place unless they first confirm that they are ready to work with a Labout PM, were you? THIS is the type of arrogance that got the PN a tkaxkira papali (pun intended) of 36000 votes! PN does NOT have a divine right and the results show just that.

Tonio Micallef
Mar 12th, 15:48 Il-Permanent Secretaries ghandhom ikunu nies ta' fiducja tal-Prim Ministru u tal-Partit fil-Gvern biex jattwaw il-politika tieghu approvata b'mandat enormi. Jista' xi hadd jimmagina lil xi hadd bhal Chris Ciantar, Segretarju Permanenti fil-Ministeru tar-Rizorsi, jmexxi l-quddiem il-progett tal-power station tal-gass meta hareg tant kontriha biex jaghti palata lil GonziPN qabel l-elezzjon?

Ray Buhagiar
Mar 12th, 16:56 I disagree. But yes they should all resign and asked to reapply submitting a portfolio of achievements.

Pablo Mallia
Mar 12th, 15:48 Hekka Malta Taghna lkoll.........Hemx xi erbgha minnhom ivvutaw MLP ? Issa wara dawn id-diretturi next. Be prepared.

Mark Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:39 Sewwa jaghmel!! hekk ghandu jkun!! irid ikun hemm nies li urew fiducja fil-programm elettorali tieghu biex ikun jista jmexxih il-quddiem. Nahseb fi Zmien in-nazzjonalisti kien hemm nies li vvutaw lil Labour imexxu d-dipartimenti. Halluna!!

Eve Axiaq
Mar 12th, 15:48 Permanent secretaries ikunu jafu x'jista jigri ghax dawk gew appuntati mill-ministri ta qabel. Jien nghid anke certu chairmen u CEOs ghandhom jirrizenjaw. Ibda mill- Mepa, PBS u spicca MTransport. Toqoghdux taparsi titkazaw. Jekk gew appuntati ghax kienu hbieb ta xi ministri kif filfatt jigri, huwa ovvja li ma jistghux jibqghu hemm ghax mhumiex se jkunu leali lejn gvern gdid.

Mr G Naudi
Mar 12th, 16:40 Eve vera tidher ma l-ohrajn kollha li ma tifhem xejn. il Permanent Secs huma impjegati tac-civil u huma impjegati tal Gvern, ikun minn ikun. mhumex appuntati minn partit jew iehor. bl-istess kejl nistew niejdu lil receptionist jew il clerk biex jirrezenjaw jew....

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J. Scicluna
Mar 12th, 17:34 G Naudi are/were you a PermSec?

paula cipriott
Mar 12th, 15:47 why should they hand in their resignation if they have done nothing wrong or are you taking back the words when you said you could work with anyone not a very good start to the new legislation :(

DUNCAN FABRI
Mar 12th, 15:47 Dawn is-sinjuri misshom min jeddhom jitfghu r-rizenja. Dawn huma parti integrali mit-tmexxija falluta tas-sistema GonziPN u l-klikka tieghu. Dawn huma l-istess nies li tant dejqu lil-poplu u li ma qdewhomx jew xejn jew b'mod effettiv. Ghandhom bhal Gonzi u PBO jerfghu r-responsabilita taghhom u jirrezenjaw.

Joseph Bonnici
Mar 12th, 15:41 Their appointment is made by the prime minister. That says it all. Yes they should resign, after all that's what we voted for. A change.

m. borg (slm)
Mar 12th, 16:49 Joseph tistenniex ahjar mill-apologisti, wara ttkaxkira ghadhom storduti u jibdew jitkbu ic-cucati. Le ihalli skoss li kienu sahansitra jidhru waqt il-laqghat taht it-tinda biex imexxu l-agenda li ghandu l-PL kieku kollox issir m'illum ghal ghada !!!!

N. Agius
Mar 12th, 15:40 ha nibdew neqirdu ghal kull haga qisu ... mhux ovvja li dawn in-nies jinbidlu meta jinbidel il-gvern?? X'hemm x'tiskanta? Niskanta kieku xi haddiema normali tal-gvern fid-dipartimenti intalbu jirrezenjaw ghax huma Nazzjonalisti u mhux dawn! Il-bidla ssir fil-karigi gholjin kollha madwar kull prim ministru gdid, u mhux fil-parlament biss!

Matthew Dougall
Mar 12th, 15:39 HA HA.. here we go

Ronnie Callus
Mar 12th, 15:38 Joseph mohhok hemm bhalma dejjem kont, tantx tafda lil dawn in-nies ghax ihobbu jghamluha ta' hrif tas-sagrifficcju.In-naghag normalment jimxu wara r-rghaj taghom u mhux haddiehor.

Rich Natsud
Mar 12th, 15:38 I'm impressed what it stands for Malta Taghna lkoll, is it now of the LP ,senteced to death without a trial !!!Accountabilty does it stand!

Peter Frendo
Mar 12th, 15:33 Il-veru wicc tal-malta labour party. Diga bdew il-vendikazzjonijiet! Imbasta Muscat qal li min irid jahdem mieghu ser jinghata cans. Shame on Muscat!! Issa tkunu tafu xi jfisser

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john muscat
Mar 12th, 16:44 Dawk mhux vendikazzjonijiet mhux imbilli trid ixxewwex, imma normalissima li jimbidlu kull meta jkun hemm gvern gdid bhal ma ghamel ta qablu, pero int tafu dan imma trid iddahhak.

john muscat
Mar 12th, 16:48 Dawk mhux vendikazzjonijiet mhux imbilli trid ixxewwex, imma normalissima li jimbidlu kull meta jkun hemm gvern gdid bhal ma ghamel ta qablu, pero int tafu dan imma trid iddahhak.

Victor Rodenas
Mar 12th, 15:33 If this is a normal thing when there is a change of Govt.,then there is nothing wrong,...if it happened before......

Mark Saliba
Mar 12th, 16:42 Yes it happened before!! but these people are so arrogant that if they do something so is right but if someone else do the same thing it's wrong

Lucienne Camilleri
Mar 12th, 15:32 Ghax Malta Taghna Lkoll! Fools are those who believed you.

Rita Camilleri
Mar 12th, 15:32 There it is - Malta Taghna Ilkoll !!!!!

Joe Cassar
Mar 12th, 15:31 Bdeja , Malta taghna llkoll, la ghandna kabinet u l-anqas parlament u ga bdejna inqacctu ghax ser nahdmu ma kulhadd, tarax Mintoffjan bhal Mario Cutajar ser jahdem ma xi hadd li mhux akkanit laburist. Bidla ghal isfel gejja.

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 15:30 Their performance has been pitiful, to say the least. With public debt running close to 6 billions, the general public hardly getting a service in most of government departments and public entities, with major problems even to get through with a simple phone call, employees not sticking to their place of work, etc, one cannot expect that non performers should be kept on the taxpayers money.

R. Cilia
Mar 12th, 16:47 Jos Borg, yours is the best comment.

mark borg
Mar 12th, 15:28 Prosit l-isballji ta Alfred sant ma jistux jigu ripetuti . se jkun hemm lok fejn tidhol il meritokrazija u jigu appuntati nies jappogaw lil PN imma dawn is segretarji lunika meritokrazija li kellhom kienet wahda: LI KIENU BLUE EYED BOYS NAZZJONALISTI ! Jien ninsab cert li minflokhom xorta se jkun hemm nazzjonalisti, imma nies li veru ghandhom kapacita u skond il meritokrazija !

Damian Tonna
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Jew kollox jew xjn qallu Joseph, jekk baqa xi naqa hmieg, irid ikun cert li naddfu sew =]

Reuben Bezzina
Mar 12th, 15:25 Does it mean they are fired, or does it mean that they are asking them whether they would like to tender their resignation on their own will?

Mauro debattista
Mar 12th, 15:25 Do you think they are going to allow the same fiasco to keep on dominating our country.

Maria Xuereb
Mar 12th, 15:24 L-etikett jirrekjedi illi meta titbiddel l-amministrazzjoni kull kap ta' dipartiment ghandu joffri r-rizenja tieghu mbaghad sta ghal min ikun fl-amministrazzjoni jaccettax ir-rizenja jew le. U la tkun appuntat minn amministrazzjoni ohra ghalija hija ovja li ghandek toffri r-rizenja tieghek u dan mhux biss ghas-segretarji permanenti imma ghal kull kap ta' dipartiment ghandu jghodd.

Wilfred Camilleri
Mar 12th, 15:24 Malta Tagħna Llkoll! This government is already turning into a parody of itself. "Let's work together" he said yesterday. Today is another thing altogether. Today it's "Submit your resignation! "

Andrew Vella
Mar 12th, 15:23 Il-bierah stess ghadu kif jghid li "lest jahdem ma kulhadd"?

Jonathan Scerri
Mar 12th, 15:23 Do the commentators below expect the new government to be run by ex-Ministers' acolytes? All Permanent Secretaries know that their positions are on a trust basis and were all appointed by politicians. So it is only fair that new ministers appoint their own secretaries.

Ethelbert Schembri
Mar 12th, 15:23 It is understandable and ethical that this must be done as the previous Govt and all his governmental structure was clearly, and one must say VERY CLEARLY, been voted against in the election.. Now Malta have a new Govt that will change things inside out as promised and was given this mandate to do so from the people.

Carmel Serracino-inglott
Mar 12th, 17:20 As far as I know it is a new movement or party even with the colour Blue dominant and not like the 'old' governments. Well I am wrong , even the budget he stole from Gonzi. Maybe there not ......ah no Malta taghna lKoll and that is why he adopted Gonzi's Budget. How blue.

Elton Abela
Mar 12th, 15:22 Boooom hemm hi Malta Taghna Lkoll!! Ilbirah fuq Clsoe Up, Dr. Muscat qal li mhux ha jaddotta politika tal-giljottina!!! Mill-kliem ghall-fatti, hemm bahar jikkumbatti!!

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A Caruana
Mar 12th, 16:53 Tghidx hmerijiet, hija prassi normali li wara KULL BIDLA fil Gvern dawn min jeddhom jirrezenjaw. Suppost saret il bierah filghodu kif ha il gurament il PM il gdid. Imma l-ezempju jkaxxkar, la qatt ma raw Ministri jirrezenjaw hasbu li ma ghandhomx ghalfejn. Anke il bordijiet kif jkun hemm Ministru gdid mistenni li jitfaw ir rizenja.

S Scerri
Mar 12th, 15:19 They were in fact all politically hand picked , kumbinazzjoni kollha close tal PN. Ghax Malta taghna lkoll nahseb li ghandhom jinhatru b' mertu mhux ghax Nazzjonalisti mhux hekk. Nahseb il-pajjiz b' hekk jimxi l-quddiem. Temmnu li karigi gholjin gew mghotija sahansitra jumejn ezatt qabel l-elezzjoni. Issa nittama li min qed jikkumenta fehem

Jo Meli
Mar 12th, 15:16 BEFORE resigning they should make PROPER Hand-Over !!

Alfred Falzon
Mar 12th, 15:15 More proof that what was a rumour is no rumour anymore and everything is in place including replacements. Bye the way, I like the background poster lol speaks volumes.

James Abela
Mar 12th, 16:41 The old MLP logo is back!

Ray Buhagiar
Mar 12th, 15:13 Excellent Mr Cutajar. While at it may I suggest you investigate and review the collective agreements signed on the eve of the election. Specifically investigate the collective agreement of paramedics which was done in a rush. If you find any injustice or lack of relativity with the collective agreement of nurses it should be nullified. Mr Grima deserves this he made a mess. Bring in KPIs.

Rose Grima
Mar 12th, 15:11 Malta taghna lkoll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Diga bdejna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

R. Cilia
Mar 12th, 16:54 Rose, I am looking forward to lots of exclamation marks from you in the next five years,

Raphael Dingli
Mar 12th, 15:09 Not as permanent as the title would imply.

B Testa
Mar 12th, 15:08 The permanent secretaries that are not PN companions please stand up !!! What...why are all seated? And these are not political appointees? Wish to see the e-mail sent by the head of the civil service to make sure what is written and what is interpreted and what not. Good to know what happened in 1987 and 1998 to match.

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Maybe the reporter may illuminate us with that information to compare.

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:11 In 1987 the Labour left all top positions on acting appointees, so that a new government could confirm or remove any of them. Permanent Secretaries were created in the 1990s, when Austin Gatt repeatedly wrote in Nazzjon Taghna that these will be political animals. In 1996 Alfred Sant kept all permanent secretaries, replacing them as their turn came to an end. In 1998 EFA replaced most of them

Vincent Bezzina
Mar 12th, 15:05 The process of reclaiming our country back has started.

Gorg Sciberras
Mar 12th, 15:04 Who was talking about meritocracy until last week? Or will these be opened for public calls?

twanny borg
Mar 12th, 15:04 U jekk ma jirrezenjawx? Jibqghu jithalsu?

Luke Borg
Mar 12th, 16:46 My question is rather,: Will these PN's propaganda machine puppets, who were being paid to post comments and post hatred across the web via different kind of means, are still getting paid to do so? and if yes for how long will that be? b'cause now, that will not be funded any more from the taxpayers' money...toqghod tghid kos, interessanti...

Joseph Bajada
Mar 12th, 15:03 we need to start afresh! keeping the same old guards bring only more of the same incompetence and waste. Lets move forward...

joe vella
Mar 12th, 15:03 the clean up process about to start? mario keep the momentum going

Alfred Vassallo
Mar 12th, 16:25 Well let's just say the party learned it's lesson when Dr. Sant kept almost all of these figure heads.....and we all know how loyal they stayed to their Oath. So yes pruning is necessary when a new government is installed to have peace of mind.

Jos Borg
Mar 12th, 16:38 Prosit Mario Cutajar. Bhala ufficjal gholi li hdimt fuq is-settur pubbliku ghal ghexiren ta' snin, ma hawnx bniedem iehor intizz fuq is-servizz pubbliku u kapaci daqshekk biex tiehu din il-kariga. Ghandi kull fiducja fik u fil-kapacitajjiet tieghek! Ibqa' ahdem bhal ma ilek tahdem sa nofs il-lejl kulljum, gurnata wara l-ohra, u r-rizultati jigi wahidhom.

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R. Cilia
Mar 12th, 17:00 Nispera li Mario Cutajar jehles minn dawk li jmorru ghax xoghol biex jaghmlu "present' biss imbaghad tarahom sejrin ghand il-hairdresser, is-supermarket etc Ed io pago!

A. Mifsud
Mar 12th, 15:03 semi permanent then

Michael Borg
Mar 12th, 15:01 bdejna mela mhux permanent !!!!

Franco Attard Trevisan
Mar 12th, 15:00 all permanent secretaries?

A Caruana
Mar 12th, 15:00 It is to be expected that with every chamge in Government all Perm Secretaries, Boards, Authorities and Commissions all submit their resignation. Then it is up to the new administration whether to re-0appoint or to change as needed.

cesco di luigi
Mar 12th, 15:00 i think this is a mistake why should they resign if they did nothing wrong? not a good idea at all. judge them on their performance.

Mr CHARLES TANTI
Mar 12th, 15:32 please cesco di luigi read properly the article again and again .

S Vella
Mar 12th, 14:55 It is true that the PN got the biggest defeat ever, but I am enjoying the style . . . . I believe that whoever does not resign by 3.00pm sharp, he will either receive a letter by hand or an SMS . . . ghax Malta Taghna Llkoll.

Mr Lawrence Calleja
Mar 12th, 14:51 If they are not political appointees, they should not resign. They should only resign if they want to and not forced such as this announcement by the ex GWU Mario Cutajar. After all, Malta is taghna llkoll.

Mr CHARLES TANTI
Mar 12th, 15:29 Lawrence please read the article well.Min ma jirrizenjax sa jipja hemm.

A. Vella
Mar 12th, 15:47 If they have a 3 year contract, then if you want them out, youll have to pay them for the rest of their term. Why should they resign? Hekk kontu tiddefenduhom il haddiema fil union taghkom sur Cutajar?

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Lawrence Attard
Mar 12th, 14:49 Prosit wahda mill aktar decuzzjonijiet aqlija li hadd sa issa

K Spiteri
Mar 12th, 14:46 Malta Taghna Lkoll... Ooopsss sry not anymore. It should read: "MALTA TAL-LABOUR BISS!"

Joseph Mifsud
Mar 13th, 10:19 Ma tistennix li il ministri il godda jahdmu ma nies li ghandhom agenda politika kompletament opposta hux. U dawn ma gewx ordnati jirrezenjaw imma min ihossu li ghandu jirrezenja jista jaghmila. Min jahseb li lest jahdem mal PL jista jibqa. Ma l-ewwel xamma ta agenda politika jaqtalu rasu barra u daqshekk.

Paul Meilak
Mar 12th, 14:46 :))

Joseph Aquilina
Mar 12th, 14:46 Dan ma qalx li lest jahdem ma kulhad?

mark borg
Mar 12th, 15:31 ma kullhadd imma ghax ikollhu il kapacita ,u mhux ghax sempliciment qed hemm ghax BAZUZLU TAL PN !

Horace Schembri
Mar 12th, 16:16 issa joseph Aquilina int taf sew jekk veru tifhem fil politika il kapijiet kollha supost jirezinjaw min qeddhom u alla hares izommhom hemm ara kienu jghamlu meta Alfed Sant hallijhom Tiftakar ????

Joseph Aquilina
Mar 12th, 16:40 @Horace Schembri What did PN do in 1987 or 1998?

Neville Debattista
Mar 12th, 20:28 That is what he said exactly. He forgot to tell you that after all he was bluffing.

Adrian Vassallo
Mar 12th, 14:45 Tabula Rasa..... Good thing. Reminder to hold the new appointees accountable to their actions. So far so good. Well done. I have great expectations.

Ms Maria Vella
Mar 12th, 14:36 true oolours showing.......

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K Grech
Mar 12th, 15:41 Aha, coulours :) Red and white :)

Joseph Bonnici
Mar 12th, 15:47 i wonder how you come to expect that the blue eyed boys remain in control. This is a new era for Malta, so yes they should be made to resign as they were appointed by the former prime minister. That's why Malta taghna lkoll, not for just the hard core blue eyed boys.

John L Galea
Mar 12th, 16:24 Maria Vella what did you expect that the fat pigs stay in their posts?

Brian Debono
Mar 12th, 16:37 These are Perm Secretaries not political appointments.

Martin Saliba
Mar 12th, 17:11 Maria vella , have you forgoten when gonzi said that he needs people that he can trust to carry out his party's electoral program in key positions ? What did he do ? He put blue people where needed . Your scaremongering tactics have failed as proven during the pl celebrations on saturday and sunday .

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