Najib New Approach In Dealing With Chinese Tsunami
'Chinese Tsunami' indeed spoiled the BN party in getting 2/3 majority in GE 13.
Some political scientists call it 'Chinese Revolt' or 'Chinese Betrayal'. After so much kindness and good faith Najib has shown to them.
Based on ancient China Emperors' practices, here the new approach that Najib can uses in dealing with 'Chinese Tsunami'.
Confucianism and Legalism
At the core of Confucianism is humanism, the belief that humans are teachable, improvable and perfectible through both personal and communal endeavour, especially self-cultivation and self creation.
It focuses on the cultivation of virtue and the maintenance of ethics; of which the most basic are Ren, Yi and Li.
Ren is is an obligation of altruism and humaneness for other individuals within a community.
Yi is to do good by upholding righteousness and moral disposition.
Li is a system of propriety and norms instructing people on how to act acceptably within a community.
Legalism, on the other hand, was much for focussed on the ruler and tools to be used to govern his subjects.
Fa (translates literally to law or principle) states that every law must be written clearly and made public, that those who obey are rewarded and those who don’t are punished, all people were equal under the law and that the law ruled a state, not the ruler (giving even a weak ruler the ability to govern).
Shu said special tactics and ‘secrets’ are to be employed by the emperor to maintain power and Shi which told the ruler that it is not the ruler (himself or herself) that holds the power, but rather the position they are in.
While Confucianism believed people should treat each other as equals and love and respect one another, legalism was more about getting one-up on your peers, reporting and spying on them to get ahead of the game.
Additionally, in a confucianisitic society, the government is in place for the benefit of the people and the ruler had to be good to his subject in order for to be good to him and obey him. Quite the contrary in legalistic society, the government came before anything else and its people were merely there to serve.
Many of the values are conflicting when examined; Confucianism being a lot more about the individual and self-enlightenment and communal harmony, legalism is more about the leaders (who came second to absolutely nothing) and them being served by the followers, who could gain social status by betrayal or taking many heads in battle against the enemies of the government.
The first emperor of China, Shi Huang Di, decided to use legalism to consolidate his rule as after the final campaigns of the Warring States period (which were fought BC230-221BC) all of the previously (and likely still) hostile states were now unified under one leader, but were unlikely to truly ‘get along’ with one another.
This made legalism a good choice as the states would have tried to step on each other to get to the top whether Confucianism or Legalism was in place, so using legalism mean that the laws reflected the wants of the states, If the emperor had tried to enforce a rule of Confucianism then the populace would have disagreed with him, whereas allowing them to aid him in a way and compete more with each other made his rule stronger.
However, you could argue that if Shi Huang Di had used Confucianism then he could have brought a much better peace to China, but considering the Warring States Period had lasted for c.250 years this was an unlikely outcome.
The choice Najib has is to use Confucianism or Legalism? Or combination of both in dealing with Chinese Tsunami ( Majority of them think now that they were mere pawns taken for a good ride by DAP ).