In the history of politics, there have been occasions when powerful leaders have been brought low by their mistakes and indiscretions, but in the end, it was more their desperate attempts to cover their original mistake that caused them more trouble than the mistake itself. Take U.S. President Richard Nixon, for example: it was bad enough that he ordered the break-in at the Watergate building, but if not for his subsequent attempts to cover up his mistake, he might have been able to, if not get away with it, at least walk away with his reputation less damaged. Similarly, when President Bill Clinton was accused of having sexual liaisons in the White House, that was embarrassing and politically costly enough, but what got him impeached was lying about it when asked under oath. Again, the cover up was even worse than the original violation.
Does the same principle also apply to Shaolin Chief Abbot Yeun Chi in DGSD? As "Leader Big Brother," he was the one who led the Ah-Mun Pass Massacre that resulted in the death of Siu Yeun San's wife. Yeun Chi and his comrades had been duped by Mo Yung Bok into this, but they regretted having killed an innocent woman. They knew that they had screwed up, and were willing to admit it.
What they weren't willing to do, however, was implicate Chief Abbot Yeun Chi, and the effort keep his identity and involvement in the Ah-Mun Pass Massacre secret is what REALLY caused the crap to hit the fan in DGSD. Certainly, it caused no end of troubles for Kiu Fung.
So is this a case of the cover up being worse than the original crime?