In a statement the Malta Chamber, expressed its shock by the news of yet another building collapsing, in a short period
of time, this time in Mellieħa. Claiming it would cautiously await the results of the necessary investigations to learn about what caused this collapse, the Chamber said it was abundantly evident that this was symptomatic of a situation which was totally unacceptable in a civilised country and which must be addressed forthwith.
"The situation is now dire, and no more time can be wasted" the Chamber warned. "The ethical standards and quality of our construction industry need to be raised immediately and brought in line with those in other developed countries. Our islands and our citizens certainly deserve no less"
"It is considered neither ethical, nor professional to proceed on the basis of what has been witnessed in this very active building economy in Malta over the last years. Responsibilities must be shouldered by all, while the rights of innocent third parties need to be protected at all times" the Chamber noted.
The Chamber reiterated its call for a unified building authority that looks at the industry comprehensively and qualitatively.
"Given recent events, the Malta Chamber calls on authorities to act fast, and even consider going beyond the voluntary nature of the Considerate Construction Scheme, in order to ensure proper high quality practices in the construction industry if we really mean business, otherwise the launch of the Scheme would have been nothing more than a farce" the Chamber said.
The Chamber noted how only a few days back, (24th May 2019), it applauded the authorities for launching the Considerate Construction Scheme aimed at raising professional standards in the building industry. The scheme had been promoted with the authorities by the Chamber itself, as it fell squarely in line with the Chamber’s Economic Vision.
In its statement, the Chamber said that its view on the matter remained unchanged, advocating a high-quality economy where mediocrity and sub-standards were replaced by a culture of excellence, and where the current ‘good enough’ attitude is replaced by ‘nothing but the best’.