Another €1 million in direct orders from Ian Borg

The lastest expenditure tops tens of millions in direct order on Ian Borg's watch.


Transport Minister Ian Borg has dished out another €1 million in direct orders during the first six months of the year.

Several well-connected firms and individuals shared the latest proceeds with the complicity of the finance ministry, which approves the direct orders.

Jason Micallef – chairman of Labour’s media company, already put on the public payroll as chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency – was paid an additional €2,000 a month for “consultancy services at the Ta’ Qali National Park”.

Jason Micallef, Chair of Labour’s media arm as well as the Valletta Cultural Agency.

Dot Media & Consultancy Services, owned by a former Net TV staff member turned Labour, Marouska Pisani Bugeja, was given €6,000 for booking some TV adverts for the minister.

Ozo Malta – a cleaning and human resources firm in which the Fortina’s Zammit Tabonas have a significant shareholding – received four new direct orders for fumigation services at Minster Borg’s offices during the first six months of this year, amounting to almost €25,000.

The list of  34 new direct orders by the Transport Ministry also includes thousands in payments to Darren Marmara, a former Labour mayor of Fgura for unspecified ‘consultancy services’.

Alpine Rent a Car, owned by MHRA President Tony Zahra, was paid another €10,000 for cars used by the ministry.

Nexia BT

Mark Bamber joined Nexia BT after Labour returned to power.

Another ‘consultancy’ report on the future of Malta’s aviation industry cost taxpayers €70,000. The beneficiary and author of the report is MB Economics Ltd, fully owned by Mark Bamber.

After spending some 20 years working at KPMG, Bamber joined Brian Tonna and Karl Cini as a partner at Nexia BT. He left soon after the dodgy firm collapsed due to alleged involvement in high profile money laundering cases involving various Labour MPs.

Bamber no longer lists his partnership at Nexia BT on his public profile, rebranding himself as an ‘independent economist and management consultant’.

Last month, The Shift reported how Infrastructure Malta, which also falls under the responsibility of Minister Borg, forked out another €10.5 million in direct orders in the first six months of the year, in addition to the agency’s direct purchasing bill of almost €14 million in 2020.

Another of Borg’s agencies, Transport Malta, also spent an additional €5.2 million in the first six months of the year, after having spent almost €60 million on direct orders in three years.

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8 months ago

Oh what webs of cronyism they weave for their chosen friends and advisers, all signed off by the Minister of Finance, who just like Prime Minister Abela, seems to have bought in to to the same mantra of continuity established by his predecessor Edward Scicluna.

When will the E.U and the IMF turn off the taps to fund these excesses?

"No Regrets and no apologies at all".
"No Regrets and no apologies at all".
8 months ago
Reply to  James

Minister Caruana of the Finance Ministry is appearing on these pages with increasing regularity. It didn’t take him long to get into the swing of things,in signing off all the direct orders suggested by Ian Borg, who must be appearing on these pages on a weekly basis.
That’s two Ministers with suspect credentials. I wonder when The Shift team will expose a few more,or help those already exposed,to resign.

"No Regrets and no apologies at all".
"No Regrets and no apologies at all".
8 months ago
Reply to  James

Fully agree.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
8 months ago

Blowing millions in taxpayer money.

8 months ago

Shame on you ian. The money you’re spending are not yours and the people demand an answer for this dishing out of money to the very few contributors to the muvument korrott. You know what, you’re another konrot mizzi in disguise.

8 months ago

So under the PN nobody got any direct orders?

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