The Government must bring home the bodies of the war heroes buried in Malaysia says Labour’s Defence and Associate Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson Phil Goff.
“Today I accepted a petition from the families of 32 defence force personnel buried in Malaysia who died while serving in the Malaya Emergency and Vietnam War. The petition was presented by Vietnam War veterans, Paul Thomas and Andrew Peters.
The Auditor-General has found the Defence Force failed to follow the rules when it hired a company -- run by its own personnel – to service its life jackets, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.
“In a damning report, the Auditor General today found the arrangement between the Defence Force and the company Miltech failed to follow public sector good practice principles and raised ethical concerns.
It is appalling the Government rejected a plea by families to return the remains of soldiers killed in Malaya and Vietnam to New Zealand, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff, who presented their case, says.
Their request was voted down by Government MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee yesterday.
Labour Defence spokesperson Phil Goff has paid tribute to the New Zealand Defence Force personnel awarded medals for gallantry.
“The soldiers who received decorations for gallantry in Afghanistan and South Sudan upheld the proud traditions of New Zealand soldiers in the courage and leadership they showed in combat. New Zealand can be proud of them and the service they have given to their country”, Phil Goff said.
Pleas by the families of veterans who died during deployments to Vietnam and Malaysia to have the remains of their loved ones returned home have fallen on deaf ears, Labour’s Veterans' Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff says.
“With a change of policy by the Australian Government and the New Zealand RSA to support repatriation, the least the Government could have done was to allow a review of its policy.