Dehru aktar kitbiet dwar il-Konvenzjoni tal-Maltin ta’ barra. Kien hemm artiklu fil-Malta Independent tal-Onor. David Agius, whip tal-grupp parlamentari Nazzjonalista u ittra ta’ Roderick Bovignon fit-Times. Mill-artiklu tal-Onor. Agius:
This year, 10 years after the last Convention, this government wanted to go even further. Having recognised the changing faces of Maltese communities abroad, it wanted to take its commitment to another level. Nationality by virtue of a document is one thing – the time had now come for an institutional set up with the sole purpose of promoting all that is Maltese – language, culture and finally identity – to our communities overseas. The idea of ‘greater Malta’ has finally been consolidated and over the next few months details of how such a body will function will be hammered out and penned.
This body will no doubt cater for the present needs of the Maltese communities but also ensure that they live through the younger generations. Much can be gained by ensuring a permanent link to our brethren living beyond our shores. A connection with our islands for many not living here is an undeniable question of identity and heritage. Today, in the technological age it is easier than ever before to be able to strengthen the already existing links and forge new ones.
Din hija l-ittra ta’ Bovignon:
After having sat through a gruelling five days of speeches at the convention of Maltese living abroad, one wonders where we go next. Renewing such assemblies every five years is far more promising than the past 10-year break.
We also need to hear from other quarters of the globe where Maltese expatriates have settled as they all look to Malta as their figurative beacon (South Africa, Gibraltar, France, Turkey, Kenya, and so on).
Two aspects of concern to me are a need for all participants to distinguish between the ‘political’ and the ‘ethical’ discourse and, the essentiality of including (rather than excluding) individuals such as myself, who have a proven track record of positive activism, without the imposition of having to be a member of a Maltese group to be considered for future conventions.
The various Maltese communities scattered all over Australia, and by inference the world, comprise many people who, like me, do not identify with any particular Maltese community grouping while their very ‘Malteseness’ is unquestionable.