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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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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.
sipsip1238
His parents obviously never taught this bloke some humility. And what a toad in a well in that he perceives himself as wealthy just because he drives a silly Porsche.
If he was that wealthy, he would have a second one as backup.
And truly wealthy people aren't tied down/attached to their material stuff...don't see Buffett saying something idiotic like that.
lbsaw
A reflection of the evils of capitalism where wealth is deemed as power to abuse the "have nots". People like him should be severely penalised by the mass of the have nots. Start by boycotting the company he work at until he unreservedly apologise for his arrogance.
crbfile
the comments here are hilarious! thanks for making me laugh!
and yes, that man is a giant a-hole!
bagelbagel
Time for his permanent residency to be rescind and he be deported. Let's hope he will not be heading to Hong Kong.
iluvmycity
Hong Kong would welcome him with open arms though.
impala
Mr Casey looks like the kind of person I would rather not rub shoulders with in the MRT.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
if Singaporean has the galls, they should just boycott this company and force the company to fire this trash. we are so interconnected nowadays and if he thinks he can get away with this stupidity, good luck. more garbage is otw to his facebook, twitter and etc etc..and everywhere he goes, he will be in a deep giant hole.
daily
What an ****.............really an ****.
sipsip1238
What do you mean they? I'm sure former Miss Singapore will leave for someone else who's willing to pay her for a bang.

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