timesofmalta.com poll - 'Boycott not justified'
An overwhelming 87.9 per cent of respondents to an online poll believe that Mepa's "boycott" of the environmental NGO Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar is not justified.

Only 12.02 per cent answered that the boycott was justified in a timesofmalta.com poll.

Mepa was in the line of fire last week after chairman Andrew Calleja declared a "boycott" against the NGO, which had called on the authority's board members to resign following the granting of a permit for a tourist complex overlooking Ramla l-Hamra in Gozo.

The boycott was later clarified: While the FAA would have full access to documents and information, it would not be given preferential treatment.

Respondents to the poll called Mepa "arrogant", "a horrible joke", "an uncontrollable monster", and an "uncontrollable regime", among other descriptions.

"Mepa is part of the local politico-socio-economic elite that does not give a fig to what the rest of us think," one respondent said. Another pointed out that NGOs have the Maltese people's interest at heart. Some reiterated the FAA's call for Mepa board members to be removed and the authority recreated properly, with one respondent saying that "Mepa is there to serve and not to boycott".

A few respondents said if the Mepa board members did not understand that tampering with Ramla l-Hamra would ruin it, they were not qualified to sit on the board. "They are there to safeguard Malta and not destroy it quickly for greed and gain."

"It is very disturbing to know that the rape of the little countryside we have left is being sanctioned by law."

Some called any developments in Ramla l-Hamra vandalism and a sacrilege.

On the other hand, some respondents defended Mepa's decision, saying that it was impossible for the FAA to oppose every development in the country.

Respondents said NGOs should not give out false information for the sake of sensationalism and that while Mepa is perceived as the "bad guy", many times perception and truth are miles apart.

A respondent accused the FAA of having made statements that were far from the truth on many occasions.

Current poll question:
Regulatory authorities: Are the checks and balances in place adequate?
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21 Jun 2007 by Saveramla.com