Fresh from the Oven:
At 8.50pm, AWARE’s old Exco proposed a motion to remove Ms Josie Lau’s Exco. This was passed with two objections.
Ms Josie Lau tried to take it in her stride. The Online Citizen website later reported her as saying: “We note the outcome of no confidence. The Exco has decided to graciously step down and the team hopes that AWARE will return to its original roots in the Constitution.”
These new developments came after members at the EGM passed a vote of no confidence on Ms Josie Lau’s exco by a margin of 1,414 to 761. The voting results were reported by the mainstream press and TOC slightly after 8pm.
After Ms Josie Lau’s committee confirmed their resignations, a vote to install a new team was then taken.
Ms Dana Lam nominated by Constance Singam and seconded by Lena Lim. She was subsequently voted in as President. Zaibun Siraj was voted in as chairperson.
Chew I-Jin was nominated by Poonan and seconded by Braema Mathi for the post of “Vice President”. Chew I-Jin was subsequently voted in as Vice President.
Yap Ching Wi became the Honorary Secretary. Corrina Lim was voted in as Assistant Honorary Secretary. The new Honorary Treasurer is Tan Joo Hymn and Assistant Treasurer is Lim Seow Yuin.
Other Committee members include Joanna D’cruz, Hafizah Osman, Margaret Thomas, Martha Lee, Nancy Griffiths, and Nicole Tan.
According to TOC, the newest Exco of AWARE urged members to give a huge round of applause to the outgoing committee headed by Josie Lau.
The new Exco headed by Ms Dana Lam then stood onstage and said to a cheering audience: “Without you, the new Exco would not be onstage … … You are brilliant! I thank everybody on behalf of the new Exco and the past presidents … … I am grateful to everyone of you, to create history in Singapore, to see civil society restored. And more importantly to see that the right voice of women has a place in Singapore.”
New President Dana Lam said: “You know what’s the best thing today? Today we saw we have so many smart, witty, and gorgeous women in Singapore!” This win has been a win for the whole of civil society in Singapore. Singaporeans from near and far have come together to support the cause. Thank you.“