Taxpayers forking out €1,250 a month for Muscat’s Maserati

Aqra bil-Malti

Disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat’s Maserati is costing Maltese taxpayers €1,250 a month, or €15,000 a year.

According to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Muscat requested the vehicle earlier this year. It is being financed as part of his severance package as a former prime minister.

The OPM refused to reveal the lease contract or the company supplying the car but told The Shift that Muscat is being given the same monthly allowance he enjoyed when using an Alfa Romeo Giulia leased from Burmarrad Commercials.

The earlier contract with Burmarrad Commercials was for a five-year lease. Whether the OPM had to pay penalties for early release from the contract so Muscat could upgrade his taxpayer-funded car to a Maserati is as yet unclear.

The Shift contacted Joseph Muscat, who confirmed that taxpayers were paying for his new car. But he insisted he was still using the same allowance he received as a former prime minister and was paying the difference in leasing costs himself.

“I benefit from the normal leasing allowance as other former prime ministers,” he said, describing the issue of his Maserati as “a non-story”.

“The difference between the allowance and the lease of the vehicle is covered by me personally and is paid in advance via bank.”

Muscat’s assets are currently subject to a €30 million freezing order imposed during criminal proceedings in connection with the hospitals scandal. It is unclear how he is financing his monthly payments for the Maserati.

According to unpublished rules, former presidents and prime ministers are given a severance package when they leave office consisting of a car, driver and personal assistant, but Prime Minister Robert Abela agreed to provide his disgraced predecessor with a more generous package than those who previously occupied the same office.

Abela agreed that, unlike former prime ministers, Muscat should also be given a fully paid Range Rover for the use of his wife Michelle, who never held any public office, and the use of a newly refurbished office in Sa Maison in Pieta for his private consultancy business.

In 2020, during his first year after leaving office, Muscat declared €500,000 in earnings from consultancies.

Michelle Muscat’s car is paid for by taxpayers.

Abela also approved a €120,000 golden handshake for Muscat upon the latter’s forced resignation, an amount far in excess of what the disgraced former prime minister was entitled to receive.

The Shift revealed in June 2021 that Muscat had secretly changed the rules for terminal benefits to former Cabinet members twice for his own benefit. Abela has not made these new rules public.

This is not the first controversy related to Muscat and his cars. In 2013, upon becoming prime minister, he leased his personal car to the government, cashing in on an extra €7,000 per year.

                           

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Paolo Soldi
Paolo Soldi
3 days ago

Please go and kiss his ass at the next Court sitting

KLAUS
KLAUS
1 day ago
Reply to  Paolo Soldi

I think you may have made a small mistake in the text:
You accidentally wrote Kiss where you probably meant Kick?

Best regards,
KLAUS

Neil Dent
Neil Dent
3 days ago

Not to mention potentially the most valuable (and shocking) element of his self-composed severance package: that diplomatic passport.

KLAUS
KLAUS
2 days ago

Look at proud little Joseph Muscat in front of the big, huge car. 

Someone who always has to show how smart he is and how great and infallible he is seems to have a really big mental problem.

Such a person needs daily affirmation from others.
It is not important that he has bought it for himself

He seems to have such a big mental problem that Maltese people have to pay for it.
Looking at his wife, it seems to be some kind of family illness.

Just take a closer look at the ‘confirmers’.
What kind of people are these?
Do you want to be a part of it or better not?

N Attard
N Attard
2 days ago

Kompli capcap gahan

Steve
Steve
2 days ago

Kollox non story ghal Muscat

Tania
Tania
2 days ago

What spongers! Typical champagne socialists. Now where is my income tax return so that I can submit and continue to finance them before the deadline is up?

Maria Aquilina
Maria Aquilina
2 days ago

Hekk sew,u ahna nghoddu c- centezmi biex nkunun istghu nlahhqu mal- hajja.Ma nafx kif ghandhom il- wicc jipretendu lu ncapcpulhom

Mark Bartolo
Mark Bartolo
2 days ago

U it Tronog imorru quddiem il qorti icapcpu ghax se jitressaq fuq frodi. I watch in awe, the Maltese Gahan, lead by Manwel Cuschieri, it is so depressing.

Teresa Agius
Teresa Agius
21 hours ago
Reply to  Mark Bartolo

What a racket!

Toni Borg
Toni Borg
2 days ago

“I benefit from the normal leasing allowance as other former prime ministers,” he said”…and which ones are these??

Which ex-Prime Minister is also enjoying the use of an office, a driver and a security guard all paid by the taxpayers??

This the reward given by Robert Abela to a con-man!!

wenzu
wenzu
2 days ago
Reply to  Toni Borg

Abela is also conman, looking after his kind of muck.

Albert Rossi
Albert Rossi
2 days ago

Abela has set a precedent for when he resigns or kicked out.

wenzu
wenzu
2 days ago

USA has Trump. We have the Muscats. All self serving worms of the worst kind.

Anthony SALIBA
Anthony SALIBA
2 days ago

My stomach can’t take it any more.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
2 days ago

I don’t see the need of a car, driver and personal assistant to any former president and former prime minister.

Martin
Martin
2 days ago

Champagne 🍾 socialists.

Pony Express
Pony Express
2 days ago

L-annimali huma kollha indaqs, IMMA xi whud huma DEJJEM ahjar…..specjalment dawk li ghandhom “hajja franka” u kontijiet hoxnin fil-bank.

Adrian Galea
Adrian Galea
2 days ago

A high end welfare state beneficient.

Pio
Pio
2 days ago

The car is Maserati and he is Miżerabbli ?
Sorry if I’m mixing things up, I’m a gaħan

jingo
jingo
2 days ago

Lording it up at your expense. Such socialism is quite modern.

Philip Micallef
Philip Micallef
1 day ago

Simply disgusting. Is a pension of an MP not enough? Why are some champagne socialists more equal than others?

Gerald Goodwin
Gerald Goodwin
1 day ago

Muscat is not just a former PM, he is a disgraced self resigned former PM, who , in anyone else’s books , should not have been entitled to anything, never mind extras for his wife and able to alter remuneration for himself, and to add insults, ALL at the tax payers expense. What sort of PM have we now to allow all these perks to a not only a disgraced former PM but one who is also facing criminal charges in court

Bernard Manduca
Bernard Manduca
1 day ago

The fruits of dishonest labours. Not a fine example for the upcoming generations.

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