The scantily-clad outfits donned by some of the Lost and Found revellers this weekend offended quite a few people in Malta, including Partit Demokratiku MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott.
Speaking to Lovin Malta, Cauchi Inglott questioned why the police didn’t force the partygoers to dress decently on the streets.
“If they were shirtless that would be one thing, but their arses out is another question,” he said. “The line has to be drawn somewhere.”
“I think we’re still a relatively conservative society, although I know many young people think differently. A number of people were slightly offended at the way the authorities allowed this to happen and I think police officers on the beat in Buġibba should have proactively told them to dress decently.”
“There should be a code of conduct for how people should dress on the streets. I don’t think people should walk around virtually naked, I don’t think that’s respectable to anyone to be honest.”
Cauchi Inglott warned that such tourists will ultimately lower Malta’s own tourism standards.
“I don’t think it augurs well for the country,” he said.
TVM sought Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi’s reaction to the controversial outfits.
“I don’t enter such personal and individual issues, and the government focuses on the things which matter, which is law and order and economic progress,” he said.
It is, in fact, illegal to go naked or dress indecently in public in Malta, and police internal guidelines dictate that officers who spot people dressed indecently must first instruct them to cover up and then fine them if they don’t comply.