You make it sound like the whole
population of Malta have voiced their disapproval.
Let's put this into perspective
What is the population of Malta? 400,000(approx)? Less than 1800 people have signed the petition...that is less than 1%
of the population.
So, it would seem that the vast majority
of the maltese people are not really that
bothered by it.
They haven't been able to sign the petition because they haven't stopped laughing yet.