Just barely hours after I gave my views on the recent “take over” of AWARE by new members, the old guards have submitted a request to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EOGM) on a motion of no-confidence on the newly elected ExCo. I am not sure if this is a good move, but I think it does help to speed up the pace of the new ExCo to issue their press release. I had been waiting eons for it. Any longer, my head will have to rest onto the next cubicle. 🙂

SINGAPORE : 160 members of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) have submitted a request to call an extraordinary general meeting for the society, where a motion of no confidence in the newly-elected Executive Committee (ExCo) will be considered.

It all started at the AWARE annual general meeting on March 28.

Nine of the 12 Executive Committee positions went to newcomers during that meeting. Over 100 people had turned up to vote and many of these voters had only just joined AWARE.

Some of the newcomers have previously written to the media speaking against homosexuality. AWARE, on the other hand, is known for its liberal stance.

“It (AWARE) stands for choice, it stands for gender equity, it stands for democracy, it stands for diversity, plurality. That’s why our membership has always been open,” said Corinna Lim, a former Executive Committee member and AWARE member since 1992.

When asked for their reasons for seeking leadership, the new ExCo members declined comment.

“We told you that ExCo is going to be meeting sometime this week, after which there will be a press release. So there is no comment,” said Charlotte Wong, VP of AWARE.

Its newly-elected President, Claire Nazar, a longtime member of AWARE, resigned barely two weeks after being voted in.

Some past presidents in the meantime, have been collecting signatures to call for an extraordinary general meeting – prompting some observers to comment that they are behaving like sore losers.

“We welcome change, it is not about losing at all. Someone from a different group came in, have certain ideas about what AWARE should be doing and hasn’t communicated it, and all we want to know now is what this is about,” said Lim.

“The extraordinary general meeting is an opportunity for the new guard to explain their position and win the members over. We can’t really comment whether they will hold fast to the traditional line of AWARE, but I can’t imagine why not, if they chose to enter AWARE and run for office there,” said political analyst Gillian Koh.

The current committee has not replied to members’ request to hold the meeting.

AWARE has about 500 members. – CNA /ls

Source: ChannelNewsAsia, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/422301/1/.html

Article extracted on 14th April 2009

Reader's Comments

  1. The Views | April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Why are they so concerned now? During the AGM, nobody speak up for the old guards. I guess, this is due to complacency that no matter what the old guards will always be there. No matter what the EOGM turns out, i doubt there will be any change in the committee.

    Anyway, these could also be a publicity stunt by AWARE to create more AWARENESS. heh.

  2. Madison | April 18th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    It is important to note that anti-homosexuality is not the only agenda of the new administration.
    They are against pro-choices, against sexual freedom and against women making educated decisions.

    It is time to regroup and strike back!

  3. tan tiong huat | April 24th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Kick out the new bitches in your EOAGM.


  4. Tony Teo | April 26th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    There appears to be an hasty overaction on the part of the “Old” guard over this so-called take-over bid by the “new” guard, and because of media intervention and influence this ‘internal’ issue has blown out of proportion. Certainly is this the way women, sorry to put it this bluntly, handle their affairs in public?

    We are reminded of the frequent fist-fights in the Taiwan Parliament, and the fiasco in AWARE seems to be following this line.

    Can both parties and all concerned sit down and thrash the issues out without pointing fingers at each other, or making death threats which are all unnecessary?

    Speak out and then vote on the issues on the Agenda, and then stand by it and accept the overall result. The democratic process was conducted during the March 2009 AWARE AGM where new exco members were voted in.

    Now the “Old” guard, having lost power wants to regain it back by questioning the agenda of those who replaced them. Ignoring due process and transparency of the AGM election simply means that if the results did not suit the “Old” guard, there must be something drastically wrong with the “New” guard, hence the calling of the EGM. This sounds a bit like Thai politics now going on.

    Surely, in the normal run of events, the “New” guard should be permitted to function and perform their tasks, and the rest of the members should give them a chance to do so. At the next AGM, members and the “Old” guard can appraise the performance of the “New” guard for their accountability.

    It surely appears to any impartial onlooker that the “New” guard is made accountable for their action even before they can commence their duties. Is this the way our system works? Or do we follow the route of our Thai and Taiwanese neighbours?

  5. glass | April 26th, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Tony Teo has said it very right – certainly a view coming from an experienced, practical and down to earth person.

  6. Moonchild | May 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Here is one scenario that may happen.

    (1) old guard gets voted in from the overwhelming support from pro-gays.

    (2) old guard is obliged to push pro-gay agenda.This leads to internal strife.

    (3) another shake up begins and a stable and stronger team would finally emerged to champion truely woman’s rights.

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