For years the families of Kiwi soldiers buried overseas have been made to jump through hoops to bring back their loved ones and now in Election Year National has conveniently changed its mind, says New Zealand First.
“It is disgraceful that bereaved families have suffered through a lengthy review, government petition and even being asked to fund their own repatriation efforts,” says Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Defence and Veterans’ Affairs, Ron Mark.
“In 2015, then Prime Minister John Key claimed he ‘got it right’ when he cold-heartedly refused to repatriate Kiwi soldiers buried in non-Commonwealth war graves in Malaysia – some next to motorways and under rail bridges.
“Mr Key said it was too difficult because only some families wanted the bodies returned. That is utter nonsense.
“If National truly cared they would have honoured the wishes of those families who wanted the remains brought home long before now,” says Mr Mark.
Published as per NZ First News.