Bakshi: There is no place for racial discrimination in NZ
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
There is no place for racial
discrimination in New Zealand
National List MP
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has condemned anti-Muslim comments by
NZ First MP Richard Prosser.
“Mr Prosser’s uninformed
and offensive comments have the potential to seriously
damage New Zealand’s international reputation, and our
standing as a fair and tolerant nation,” Mr Bakshi
“New Zealand prides itself on being an inclusive
society, and we have a very strong tradition of human
rights. However, from time to time we are reminded that
closed-mindedness still exists in our community.
Sikh, and member of a minority community, I understand how
hurtful comments like this can be. Mr Prosser’s
suggestions have absolutely no place in our Parliament, or
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