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Wealth manager says sorry after poor people rant incurs wrath in Singapore

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 11:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 12:55am

A Porsche-driving British wealth manager in Singapore who referred to public transport commuters as "poor people" has apologised after his Facebook posts sparked an online furore.

Anton Casey, 39, a senior wealth manager in the financial sector, had also referred to washing "the stench of public transport off me" in one of his posts.

Furious online readers flooded websites on which his remarks were reposted with comments, many subjecting him and his family to verbal abuse.

Singapore has one of the world's highest annual GDP per capita incomes, standing at S$65,048 (HK$395,000) in 2012. The city-state also boasts one of Asia's most modern public transport systems, with its 150-kilometre metro network carrying about two million people daily.

"I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore," Casey said.

"I have the highest respect and regard for Singapore and the good people of Singapore; this is my home," said the permanent resident, who is married to Bernice Wong, a former Singapore beauty queen with whom he has a five-year-old son.

One of Casey's posts showed a picture of a boy, apparently his son, sitting inside a metro train with a caption above the photo saying: "Daddy, where is your car & who are all these poor people?"

Another showed a waving boy sitting inside a Porsche, with a caption saying: "Ahhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me."

A YouTube video of Casey later emerged on various websites in which he appeared to be taunting his critics.

Casey denied that the video was made in response to the online furore. He said it was an old video that had been "misused" to portray him as unrepentant.

He also said there had been a "security breach" of his Facebook page and that his family had "suffered extreme emotional and verbal abuse online". Police were investigating death threats, he added.

Casey's employer, Crossinvest (Asia), said it did not condone his comments which "were made in poor taste".

"We are currently investigating the comments made by our employee and will take appropriate action once we are in possession of all the facts," it said.

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mrbumpkin
People forget this kind of guy is managing a lot of money. If he is this big of a jerk I wonder if he views his clients as "marks". Why would you entrust this guy with money to manage?
aplucky1
rumor has it he has a very tiny p e n i s , this is why he hooked up with the ladyboy looking ho
he has also announced that he will come out of the closet now he has been fired and no reason to hide his sexuality any further
kittychan1978
Heard he's lost his job. I think that bimbo of his has also left.
mercedes2233
Do you think that his posts would have been less offensive if he were a local person?
village2206
I think they suit one another--- (peas in a pod I would imagine) give em a year or so, the pod will split and the seeds will drop into the gutter!!
pgrath1
He looks like he needs a punch in the face - and his girl-friend taken from him also. Yow!
fcaruso
Right on brother. Working class justice. She looks a little like a lady boy anyway.
lbsaw
If he is so arrogant, he should not be residing and working in Singapore but back in his own country. Fact is he could not make it back in his home country. I hope Singaporeans unite to boycott everything to do with him so he can return to his country. Gone are the days of acceptance in the high handed behaviour of Western people living and making a good living in Asia.
daily
What an ****.............really an ****.
impala
Mr Casey looks like the kind of person I would rather not rub shoulders with in the MRT.

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