The Malta Independent 21 January 2021, Thursday

Ian Borg caught up in swearing controversy; says clip was edited

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 10:36 Last update: about 7 days ago

Transport Minister Ian Borg has denied that he swore on live television, instead alleging that Nationalist Party media had edited a clip to make it seem like he did.

A video shared widely on social media on Tuesday night shows the minister as a guest on the television show Pjazza on ONE TV, and shows him appearing to let out a swear word mid-way through what was a particularly animated answer.

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However, Borg said in a post on Facebook that Nationalist media had broadcasted an amplified clip of him.  He said that he had not said what was being alleged and that in reality the clip showed him saying a similar sounding phrase “ħa qalanqas... anqas, anqas...”

This would essentially translate to "so not even...even...even".

He said that if the Nationalist Party wants to say that he was swearing it is their business, and added that “I will pray for you when I go to the Holy Land” – a clear dig at opposition MP Jason Azzopardi, who had gotten caught up in controversy over a trip to Israel a few months back, and who shared the clip.

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