Mosta cleric Fr. David Muscat delivered a stinging rebuke of Maltese Fintech entrepreneur Abdalla Kablan after he was chosen as the main speaker for this year’s Victory Day celebration.
“All the country’s big shots came to the celebration all dressed up but the main speech was given by Dr Abdalla Kablan, who isn’t even Maltese,” Muscat said in a speech outside the Victory Day memorial, adding and over-emphasising an ‘h’ at the end of Kablan’s first name to drive the point home.
“His ancestors fired bullets at your ancestors centuries ago and everyone clapped for him. The worst part is that he’s a Barbary like them, the soldiers at the Great Siege weren’t only Turks but came from the Maghreb too.”
Kablan, the founder of the Delta Summit for emerging technologies, was born to non-Maltese parents but he is Maltese and has lived here all his life.
In his speech last weekend, he drew parallels between Malta’s victory at the Great Siege and its vision for independence with its current ambition to become a world leader in embracing emerging technologies such as blockchain, the Internet of Things and Quantum Technology.
“My passion for technology and innovation sprouts from their potential to help us build a better future, to help us improve people’s lives, provide better services, boost efficiency and curb bureaucracy,” Kaplan said. “Technology has a strong impact on each and every aspect of our lives and that is why this is such an exciting time for Malta, which has found its place at the forefront of these initiatives and has overcome all limitations, opening doors that stood beyond many people’s wildest dreams.”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat later tweeted that he had personally chosen Kablan as this year’s official Victory Day speaker to express what modern Malta is all about.
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) September 8, 2019
Besides criticising Kablan because of his name and surname, Fr. Muscat also hit out at the Fintech expert’s line of work.
“Kablan compared Malta’s Great Siege victory to its successes in finance. He doesn’t understand anything about the Great Siege because what united the Maltese with the Knights wasn’t finance but faith,” he said.
Fr Muscat recently raised eyebrows at the Curia when he delivered a speech at a birthday party for Norman Lowell in which he praised the Imperium Europa leader for having “sown a seed in the hearts of people that will bear fruit in the future”.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna immediately disassociated the Church from Fr. Muscat, warning that ideologies which sow hatred and discrimination on the basis of race or culture are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.