No, DBS is not AWARE, they are just aware.
Observers have already observed (yes, a tautology!) and questioned the motives of DBS having a press release concerning Josie Lau's appointment as AWARE's new president.
It has also been established (by the Business Times) that Josie was part of the team behind DBS's adoption of Christian charity Focus on the Family, an organisation based in the United States and has a branch in Singapore.
DBS's press release is more than it meets the eye. When someone "breaks rank" with the organisation, it should be dealt with privately.
Why the release? Is this public relations and communications management on the part of the bank? This is all the more a valid decision, given the public relations nightmare they had late last year.
In going public with their opinions of Josie Lau, it is clear DBS is exercising some form of public relations management. This implies they know the implications and repercussions on the banks reputation in view of the events that has shredded AWARE's reputation to bits.
This implies they acknowledge the position and history of employee Josie Lau, and anticipate another public relations nightmare should the matter be not addressed.
I still have a burning question. A question that has yet to be answered, or even addressed: Is there an alliance behind the recent takeover of AWARE?
The situation at AWARE is not a situation. It is information warfare. Information is being hidden and/or withheld, and whatever is available is being pieced. This does not make for effective journalism, to be fair.
Various speculatiors have created even more speculation. I believe we should locate the issue at its very core. Why is there such a takeover? Who or what coordinated it?
There has been some discomfort (by AWARE members) towards the takeover - before, during and after it has occurred. Why is that so? Are they being intimidated? What is intimidating them?
In the end, as I have already mentioned, the biggest loser is women's rights and awareness. The NGO and civil society scene also suffers. Gender equality and its advocacy suffers. There is no victory for any one, even the alleged alliance, and of course, DBS included. (unrelated, but I no longer have my DBS debit card subscription. It just expired and I did not want to renew it.)