For the price of Maltese citizenship, you can rent a Chinese panda for a year

Published: November 25, 2013 at 2:11pm

Pandas bred in China are rented out to European zoos for £600,000 a year.

13 Comments Comment

  1. P Shaw says:

    So we can barter a Maltese passport with a panda, like the good old Mintoffian days of compulsory import substitution.

    In the 80s we used to get expired Ma Ling canned luncheon meat and now we get a panda. I call this progress and a leap in quality.

    Viva l-lejber.

  2. La Redoute says:

    The annual cost of a panda is HIGHER than outright purchase of a Maltese passport.

    600,000 pounds is the equivalent of Eur715,717.

    That’s just the rent. You then need to factor in the costs of housing and feeding the panda, and of transporting the panda to Europe.

    • ciccio says:

      I would personally prefer to obtain one of those pandas on rent for a year than give a donation of Eur 650,000 to Joseph Muscat, Manwel Mallia, Edward Zammit Lewis and Owen Bonnici to ‘invest’ in social housing for bums.

  3. observer says:

    Ara Manwel jithajjarx jikrilhom xi moghza Maltija lic-cinizi – forsi jdabbrilna xi erba’ soldi.

  4. Linda Kveen says:

    Maybe the Maltese government can throw in a free passport in exchange for a panda.

  5. anthony says:

    I wonder whether the Chinese government would be interested in loaning us a panda for a year in exchange for Manuel Mallia.

  6. Freedom5 says:

    The elves are hard at work to turn the online poll on Times of Malta. Those in favour of the sale of the citizenship scheme have increased from 36% to 40% and rising, garnering 5000 votes this evening. What a sad country.

    [Daphne – U kif.]

  7. daffid says:

    There is speculation in the air that Joseph Muscat arranged for the sale of Maltese Falcon for $4 million to take place at this particular time so as to coincide with the sale of Maltese citizenship. In the meantime, Minister Mallia is rumoured to be trying to work out why the Maltese Falcon fetched more than the price being asked for Maltese Citizenship.

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