The South Asian communities make over 3,50,000 population in New Zealand.
In the South Asian Community Leaders Group New Zealand meeting which was held in Auckland on the Cannabis and Euthanasia referendums, the leaders have taken a strong stance on it, and a resolution has been passed.
The Community is against the Cannabis legalisation. It is against the religious sentiments of the people of Indian subcontinent.
It is contrary to the teachings of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism and it is also against the teachings of Quran.
The South Asian Community is urging all the members to vote against it.
End of Life Choice Act 2019 / Euthanasia
We think it is against the will of nature, it is against the religious sentiments and cultures. Life and death are in the hands of God. This will create lots of social, economic, legal anguish and issues. It was again pointed out that it went against the religious sentiments and teachings of the people of the south Asian communities.
APPEAL TO THE POLITICAL PARTIES
This issue of holding a referendum should not have been on the agenda in this election.
It is disappointing that the political parties are taking up such ideological and extraneous issues and asking people to vote on such irrelevant issues when the nation is facing real life challenges and unprecedented economic crisis.
For a peaceful country like New Zealand, it is going to affect the whole society, affect youth and students, increase domestic violence and increase crime and anxiety.
“We urge all the political parties not to fiddle with people’s religious believes, sentiments, cultures and the future of our next generations.”
This message was issued on behalf of the South Asian Community Leaders Group New Zealand.