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