NZ First MP Richard Prosser's bid to make a personal
statement in Parliament this afternoon about his inflammatory
comments about Muslims was been blocked as calls for his
resignation or sacking gathered pace.
Mr Prosser sought to make the statement after apologising
"unreservedly" for the comments in which he suggested young
Muslim men from "Wogistan" should be banned from flying on
Mr Prosser avoided Parliament yesterday as the controversy
over the comments built but was in the debating chamber this
afternoon where he sought permission to make a personal
Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira objected, preventing Mr
Prosser from making his statement.
Immediately afterwards the Green Party moved that Parliament
affirmed "that all New Zealanders, regardless of their
religious faith or ethnicity, should be treated equally
before the law and that the rights and dignity of all people,
in particular of Muslims should be upheld".
The motion was passed unanimously.
Just before entering the chamber this afternoon, Green Party
Co-Leader Metiria Turei said Mr Prosser should be sacked by
New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters for the comments.
Prime Minister John Key said that given the comments were
clearly premeditated, he doubted the sincerity of Mr
Labour's foreign affairs spokesman Phil Goff has also called
on Mr Prosser to resign or be sacked.
President of the Federation of Islamist Associations of New
Zealand Anwar Ghani said while the federation accepted Mr
Prosser's apology and his future in politics was ultimately
up to Mr Peters, the NZ First MP should leave Parliament.
- Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald