With the outrageously illiberal, undemocratic, and unprincipled takeover of AWARE, the NGO is now headed by a group whose behaviour and modus operandi runs counter to the principles of civil society. No serious operator in Singapore civil society will see AWARE under its new, mysterious, unknown, sneakily-elected through a hostile takeover leadership, as part of civil society.
We do not know - though some are making the effort to guess - whose agenda the new AWARE exco is serving. We do not need to know, and we do not need to care.
Through their actions, they have declared war on the idea of civil society, preferring to teach us the lesson if you don't agree with your foes, you should just take them over instead of openly discussing your differences. And then pretending to be the aggrieved party while conducting a purge of the ranks during a communications lockdown in the organisation.
Civil society needs to send a clear and loud signal to these clowns that their behaviour is wrong, unacceptable, and intolerable.
I hereby announce OPERATION LEPER. Henceforth, we will constantly remind everyone about these people, monitor who they are working for, which organisations they join, and who hires them. These characters are poison to civil society. If they are hired or appointed by advocacy, voluntary, or political groups, we will oppose their employers. It is our intention to bar them from future roles in politics and civil society.
On the Operation Leper list are:
Josie Lau Meng-Lee (Vice-president of consumer banking group cards and unsecured loans, DBS)
Charlotte Wong Hock Soon (Principal, Renewal Organisation Effectiveness aka ROE, 61 Jalan Remaja, Bamboo Grove Park. phone: 6763 0312)
Jenica Chua Chor Ping (Management Consultant, SAP. hotline: 6890 1088)
Sally Ang Koon Hian (Partner, Sally Ang Ebenezer & Co, at 7 Temasek Blvd #06-03, phone: 68844146)
Maureen Ong Lee Keang (CPA, former SembCorp Logistics CFO)
Catherine Tan Ling Khim (CFA, exco member, CHIJ alumna organisation)
Irene Yee Khor Quin (CFA, Life Planning Associates, at 80 Marine Parade Road, #07-01 Parkway Parade. Phone: 6344 2781 email: email@example.com)
Lois Ng (Entrepreneur, Studio You Pte Ltd, at 1 Lorong 23 Geylang, High Point Social Enterprise Ark, Blk 4 #01-11/12, Phone: 67477764)
Peggy Leong Pek Kay (Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Humanities)
Dr Alan Chin Yew Liang (General Practitioner, Lifeline Medical Clinic)
It is our desire that these operators never find appointment in any advocacy or voluntary organisations ever again.