Be a good human being first, says NZ Sikh lawmaker

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi talks to Star TV on Christchurch mosque terror attacks


“Be a good human being before being a Sikh or Muslim or a Christian or a Hindu,” said a New Zealand lawmaker in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques.

In an interview with a Malaysian news portal, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, the first Sikh MP in NZ, added: “As a practicing Sikh, I believe that humanity is more important than anything else. That was the message from Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.”

Talking to Star TV, he noted that the March 15 terror incident had shocked all New Zealanders as well as its agencies and things ‘have definitely changed’.

In the incident, a gunman opened fire on defenceless Muslims during the Friday prayer, claiming 50 lives so far.

The fourth-term MP is also the National Party’s shadow spokesman for internal affairs and justice.

See the report, Let’s return the love in NZ, says MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (The Star, 21 March 2019), here.

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