Political leaders should have a self examination or review of their own code of conduct based Confucius’s teaching

by David Chua

The late Lee Kuan Yew is a admirer of Confucius and has great respect and belief in the Confucius code of conduct pertaining to governance be it personal, family or country.

Maybe our parliamentary legislators and government leaders should have a self examination or review of their own code of conduct based on our late LKY favourite mentor, Confucius’s teaching of personal and family governance first  before they attend the special parliamentary  session on 3rd July 2017 to debate on the late  LKY last will.

Are they qualified to discuss, give options, and most probably trying to teach others on private family matters, like Late LKY’s Last Will when perhaps one or two or maybe even some legislators may not stand up to scrutiny in their own personal and family life with respect to LKY favourite  Confucius code of conduct for governance?

So who are you to beat your chest whether it is a private or public matter, or is it a national interest as one minister suggested because it is for the “welfare of Singaporeans”?

The best option is actually very simple and straight forward without wasting of public resources be it financial or time; and that is to seek judicial recourse in a court to settle once and for all the grievances of the Lee siblings with regard to their late father’s last will unless either opposing siblings has other political agenda. Parliament is no platform for deciding the fate of a private dead man’s will even if he is the ” founding father” of Singapore.  No one can intervene or arbitrate except in a court of justice. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with Confucius word of wisdom on the code of conduct on personal, family and country governance,  here it is:

When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.  -Confucius

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.  -Confucius