Good Advice From MCA President.
“Children nowadays are too pampered and do not understand the difficulties of life or the importance of being hardworking,” said Ong. “When they wake up in the morning, they do not need to keep their beds. “They don’t even need to worry about whether their shoes are clean enough for school, as all these things are taken care of.”
“They are very dependent on their maids and whenever their parents ask them to do something, they will call out for their maids to do the task for them,” he said, when launching the book, Di Zi Gui. The book, on the principles of character-building and living, contains a collection of teachings spanning 3,000 years and tells its readers to be dutiful to their parents as well as respectful and loving to their siblings.
Ong, who is Housing and Local Government Minister, urged parents to learn and follow the values promoted in the book together with their children. He said the principles were in line with the MCA’s nine-point plan. The book was not just for children, he said, adding that parents should read and understand it to be able to act according to the guidelines and to become good role models for their children.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the movement would place the books at beauty and hair salons nationwide. On whether the book is relevant in the 21st Century, she said: “Even though it is from the past, it contains meaningful moral values with words that are easy to understand.” (The Star)
It is nice to know that despite the hectic pace of political life, there are down-to-earth matters of importance that leaders like Ong find time to share with the common man. The aforementioned book, Di Zi Gui is a good example of age-old wisdom that has stood the test of time and transcends race, religion, community, rank or political affiliation. In disturbed times like the present, with so much social upheaval,the good inherent in this book should be imparted to all.