As Malta reels from the death of Miriam Pace, the 54-year-old Maltese mother killed after her home collapsed suddenly yesterday, construction worker Adrian Zammit has opened up about what he’s seen happen in the local construction industry.
“We’ve gotten to the stage where people can be bought or sold – there’s no respect for life anymore,” Zammit told Lovin Malta. “First, we said goodbye to the environment; now, we say goodbye to the people.”
Zammit, who often discusses social issues affecting the Maltese and the vulnerable on the island, could only watch in disappointment as another poorly managed construction site led to innocent people being hurt.
“It’s 2020 – when, unfortunately, people can be bought and sold depending on one’s pocket and need.”
Miriam Pace’s lifeless body was pulled out of the rubble in Ħamrun after an eight-hour operation that ended at around 10 pm last night. Her death has led to countless cries of condemnation, as well as at least two protests to be held in the coming days.
Miriam’s home collapsed due to works happening in a nearby construction site. The collapse was so sudden she didn’t have a chance to react.
Shockingly, following the tragedy, it was revealed that the site’s architect, Roderick Camilleri, is also a shareholder in the development. He was held in custody by police last night.
“We’ve become numbers – today it’s her, tomorrow it’s you, and the next day it’s me,” Zammit continued.
“We can’t continue in this routine. Money, money, money – and the person is left last. You can exchange a person for a few euros – that’s the world we are living in today. One thing I’ll say – money comes and goes, but life never returns,” he ended.