Saturday, May 2, 2009

AWARE restored

There is nothing much to talk about now.

The AWARE executive committee that was "legitimately" voted in on March 28, were given a vote of no confidence this evening.

1414 members passed the vote of no confidence, while 761 members voted in favour of the new exco.

Former two-term president Dana Lam has been elected president.

Chew I-Jin, who resigned from the previous exco, is elected vice-president.

The newly formed exco will soon consider making amendments to the constitution to prevent a similar coup in the future.

The extraordinary general (EGM) meeting started 40 minutes late today, as about 3,000 people were reported to have turned up.

Supporters for the two camps came in red and white t-shirts, featuring slogans and messages aligned with their respective ideas of what AWARE should be.

The EGM was widely followed on the internet and via Twitter.

It was reported there were chants and jeers when various members of AWARE respectively took to the microphone.

The month-long president Josie Lau revealed that the organisation had spent about $90,000, way above the monthly constitutional limit of $20,000.

Well, check your newspapers and tabloids tomorrow.

Watch out for interviews and the press conference.

If the now-former exco are passionate enough to help women, they should now form their own organisation, given the publicity they have received and could ride on.

Many strains of feminism are welcomed in our society, all of which seek to improve women's position in society.

Non-action will only serve to further tarnish their reputations as champions of women's interest and rights in Singapore.

I cannot help but feel the mainstream media has been sympathetic to the old guard.

Credit still has to be given to those who have treated the media with respect and openness.

What does this mean for sexual minorities in Singapore?

It shows that there is finally a recognition that queer-identified people exist and their issues are legitimate and no longer invisible.

More importantly, I celebrated my one-year anniversary with my wife and cooked probably the best-tasting oyster sauce chicken we have eaten to date.

-add- I have and will be cautious in using "win", "won", "victory" to describe the latest episode. I feel there are no losers after last night, so we cannot possibly say there are winners. There is only more hard work ahead.

2 comments:

Fargoal said...

I wish AWARE all the best. I hope they can bear in mind what Obama said in Chicago on the night of 4 November 2008 when he won the US Presidential election: "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too." I hope AWARE will continue to listen to the many voices in society, especially when there are differences in views.

Cavalierio said...

- "And again, why "Singapore Idol" and not "Singaporean Idol"? Have we naturalised "Singapore" as an adjective?"

Could be that it sounds more idiomatic (even if ungrammatical). It's not peculiar to Sg - e.g. Hong Kong Idol, New Zealand idol.

But the official norm in Sg (via the civil service, the mass media) is to use the noun as adjective - e.g. 'Singapore Government'. I wrote a paper once arguing that this is a deliberate move to elevate the sovereign state (Singapore) above the demos (S'grean). Makes it easier to conflate ruling party with 'the govt' with 'the state'. : )