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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Update: Josie Lau Is AWARE's New President

Latest news - the new president of AWARE is Ms. Josie Lau, who is a vice-president at DBS Bank and the wife of Dr. Alan Chin.

Check out the following news article for more details (key points in bold).

Click on the link to see some pictures of the new Exco:

DBS exec is Aware's head

Josie Lau appointed despite employer's advice not to run

By Tan Dawn Wei, Wong Kim Hoh & Yen Feng

BANK executive Josie Lau, 48, was appointed the new president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) on Wednesday night at a meeting of the new team in charge.

She is vice-president of consumer banking group cards and unsecured loans for DBS Bank.

But shortly after she announced that she was president, posed for pictures and made brief comments to reporters, her employer expressed unhappiness that she had taken the top post at Singapore's best-known women's group.

DBS Bank said it had told her just before last night's Aware exco meeting that it did not support her running for president. The bank said it supported employees' participation in community work, but they needed approval before taking on external appointments.

And Ms Lau did not have the green light to be Aware president.

'We believe that as a vice-president in DBS, she already has a challenging job with many responsibilities, and the role of president would demand too much of her time and energy,' a spokesman said last night.

Ms Lau could not be reached to comment as the new team wanted media queries to be channelled via the Aware office.

Checks by The Straits Times revealed that she is married to Dr Alan Chin Yew Liang, who owns several clinics under the Lifeline Medical Group. They have two teenage daughters, and Ms Lau is also listed as director and shareholder in some of her husband's clinics.

A beaming Ms Lau refused to take questions from reporters when she emerged from last night's exco meeting which lasted nearly four hours. But she said she was pleased and delighted to be president.

'Together with the new exco which was duly elected under the Constitution, I will build on the good work of the past Aware members who advanced the causes for women in all areas of society through advocacy, research and community work,' she said.


With this announcement, I think that the suspicions of many people regarding the Exco takeover has been substantiated.

The Straits Times also reported that "Exco member Caris Lim, a long-time member, walked out three hours into the meeting of the new team, saying she was 'very disillusioned'."

The official statement says: "The new team intends to build on the solid foundations laid by the founders of Aware and will continue to promote the participation of women, on equal terms with men, in the political, social, economic and cultural life of our society. The goal remains to bring about full equality of the sexes and to end all forms of discrimination against women."

However, the new president has refused to answer any question from reporters.

DBS Bank appears to foresee the potential implications of this new appointment, but I fear that they may be vastly underestimating the public sentiment.

To me, reading this news feels like seeing the first six watertight compartments of a ship completely flooded with water.

Would you like to know more?

- Construction of the Titanic


angry doc said...

"The goal remains to bring about full equality of the sexes and to end all forms of discrimination against women."

I suppose that means extending S377A to women as well? :)

Anonymous said...

already i'm hearing rumours alan chin is thio li ann's cousin. Die lah like that.

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Angry Doc,

Maybe, maybe not. Any question please direct to AWARE office, thank you. :P

To Anon 10:37,

Even if that is true, don't worry, won't so fast fast die one.

Let me sing this classic Chinese song to their new Exco to convey my best wishes (via the AWARE office, of course) for their upcoming term of appointment:

我那万丈雄心 从来没有消失过

三百六十五里路哟 从少年到白头
三百六十五里长路 饮尽那份孤独。。。

Anonymous said...

This is really starting to feel very creepy to me ... with many people voicing similar ideas of conspiracy, cunning orchestration, fundamentalistic militancy, underhandedness ... What exactly is the new ex-co up to? Why are they so evasive? What surprise (or shock?) have they prepared for Singaporerans? We can only wait and see ... but I will feel really sad to see good old AWARE destroyed just like that. I hope justice will eventually prevail for those who have put in their precious time and heart into AWARE over the years ...

Solo Bear said...

To angry doc,

How can S377A be extended to women? You mean to say women have penises?

Edgar said...

Apparently the newspapers also reported that her group was the one who proposed supporting focus on the family in the DBS advert campaign... +1 to conservative conspiracy theory.

Chris said...

Notice that some Christian extremists tend to use abbreviated names like "George Lim", even though the ST Forum page requires forum letter writers to "include your full name (as in IC)".

These guys are scared of bloggers like you! Good job!

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Chris:

I don't think that Mr. George Lim is scared of me. Maybe he is scared of the Straits Times?

On the other hand, I am very scared of people like Mr. George Lim. Sometimes I curl up at night with my plush toys and sob delicate tears of fear onto my pillow...

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe Josie Lau when she stressed that AWARE will continue to be a "secular" organization ... and a chill really goes down my spine when she says it will be "pro-family" as well. How reassuring, I suppose AWARE will now be as "pro-family" as Focus on the Family?

Anonymous said...

I think its pretty obvious what the intentions of the new committee are. Their orchestrated takeover smacks of cowardice.......strength in numbers???? What makes them so righteous? Because they all belong to the same church???? Josie Lau is so full of herself! "I was the last woman standing........"???? huh? where???
She claims that all members are fighting a common cause - and that is???? Specify what that is! Your members are all from your flock so obviously your cause is a common one. What about the rest of the population???? Surely the authorities must see that this is not going to be something that is beneficial to EVERYONE! Gosh. I hope something serious is done before this sanctimonious group brings bigger problems among our diverse multi ethnic, multi religious society!