Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said Joseph Muscat was making promises he cannot keep.
Adds Labour's statement at 1:50pm
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi this morning warned that Labour leader Joseph Muscat was making "wild promises" to everyone and said that he will "expose these false promises."
"The people should be wary that the Opposition leader is making false promises to everyone which could not be kept and he also knows they cannot be kept," Gonzi warned.
Speaking at the Nationalist Party club in Mellieha, Gonzi told the party faithful "Joseph Muscat is promising everything to everyone in secret meetings. Muscat does not care about the national interest. His only interest is to make immediate electoral gains."
"You can rest assured that I will expose every false promise he makes. You must be careful because Muscat is promising things that are contradictory. He is promising one thing to one group and the exact opposite to other groups. He is promising that development permits will be approved to the construction industry and promising environmentalists that the same permit will not be approved."
Gonzi urged his supporters to "protect democracy everyday" and not to take it "for granted." Gonzi said he was shocked at how Joseph Muscat launched a personal attack on an individual citizen over Enemalta. Gonzi said this reminded him of old school socialism Malta experienced in the 1980's.
"We should defend democracy to ensure that individual citizens can carry out their duties in peace," Gonzi said.
In reference to a series of meetings he held this week with various entities and organisations, Gonzi announced that the Forum of trade unions will be allowed to join the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) since it has been officially recognised by the European Trade Union Council.
The Prime Minister also revealed his concern and shock at the assault on Osama Al Shazliay Saleh in Paceville on 17 March. Gonzi said that "everybody should be shocked at the assault and death of the man. I do not accept such acts of violence on persons, irrespective of their skin colour."
“I am shocked how some people reacted as if nothing had happened when a Sudanese migrant was murdered in Paceville yesterday week. Malta cannot tolerate a situation where anyone minding his own business ends up being killed and certainly this country could not tolerate racism,” Gonzi said
“We must give importance to the value of life. The Maltese people should unite against racism and not accept racism in Paceville or anywhere else.”
Meanwhile, in its reaction the Labour Party said that it is Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi who promises everything to everyone "but does not keep his word."
Labour said that the Prime Minister did not keep the promises he made to market hawkers, Enemalta, Go, Air Malta, Transport Malta and Dockyard employees, developers, environmentalists, hunters, the self-employed and families.
"Affected families and business owners know that if they trust GonziPN once again, he will fool them again. The wolf changes his hair but not his nature."