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The Jātaka “Dasa Raja Dharma” - The Ten Rules for Good Government - Speech for National Day 2015 by President of YBAM, Goh Ging Song

Monday, 31 August 2015 02:26

The National Day 2015 is celebrated in a rather dignified atmosphere with commencement of Bersih 4.0 Rally held two days ahead of the National Day Celebration. The Rally, with participation estimated more than the Bersih 3.0 Rally, is said to be an event to gauge the people’s support towards the government. It is also worth mentioning that, the supports towards Bersih 4.0 Rally is driven by a value-oriented mindset for a better governance of the nation, and not for the cause of supporting the alternative alliance.

The nation has undergone many events in the recent years, which include unfair government policies, corruption, weakening unity among the people, and most importantly the economy downturn. The poor leadership qualities and injustice governance practices are to be blamed for such incidents, which continuously raising anger of the people in the nation.

Buddha, in the Jātaka, mentioned the ten rules and responsibilities “Dasa Raja Dharma” of a leader:

First: The leader should be liberal and generous. He should not be greedy and should distribute the wealth of the country for the benefit of the people.

Second: The leader should maintain a high moral character. He should at least observe the five precepts.

Third: The leader should be prepared to sacrifice own pleasure for the well-being of the people, which include personal happiness, fame or even life.

Fourth: The leader should be honest and maintain absolute integrity.

Fifth: The leader should be kind and compassionate towards his people.

Sixth: The leader should lead a simple life for the people to emulate.

Seventh: The leader should be free from hatred of any kind.

Eighth: The leader should exercise non-violence and promote peace in the country.

Ninth: The leader should be patient, self-controlled, tolerate and understanding.

Tenth: The leader should respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony in the country.

In Buddhism term, a just and good leader is called Cakkavatti. Wherever he goes, he will safeguard happiness and prosperity of his people. A just and good leadership would cultivate just and good people; a fair economic development policy would benefit all races. When the people lives in peace and harmony, crimes reduce eventually; if the educational system could have its balanced development, a highly self-conscious society will be formed; if the country embraces multi-cultures, the cultural heritage will be well preserved, Malaysia will be able to stand proud in the eye of the world.

The development, prosperity and harmony in the country do not come overnight. All citizens need to play their roles to continue supporting the country. While we ensure the purification of our own minds and actions, we should be exercising our rights as a citizen to promote the democratic process in order to create a just society.

Last but not least, let us still hope and play our role to fulfill the hope. I wish you a happy National Day! May the protection of the Triple Gem brings peace and harmony to the country!