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.
1800 would represent over 30% of the people who register their place of usual residence as Valletta though (not necessarily the same thing as actually living there). For a capital city it is very underpopulated.