Anton Casey loses his job after Facebook 'poor people' comment

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 January, 2014, 5:35am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 January, 2014, 5:35am

A British wealth adviser who set off a firestorm by publicly insulting Singaporeans who have to rely on public transport has "parted ways" with his former employer, the firm said yesterday.

Porsche-driving Anton Casey, 39, who is married to a former Singapore beauty queen, has left the city state for Australia but has not said what his future plans are following the controversy.

Casey, who holds permanent residency in Singapore, which he calls his adopted home, claims to have received death threats after he referred to public transport users as "poor people" in a social network post.

Casey's employer, Crossinvest Asia, said: "Those comments go against our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity. Accordingly, Crossinvest Asia and Mr Casey have parted ways with immediate effect."

In a statement to the Straits Times newspaper on Friday, Casey said he had left for Australia "due to threats made towards my family", and asked for forgiveness.

The Briton and his family, now in Perth, faced stinging abuse from internet users after Facebook posts insulting commuters went viral.

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

Many took to social media yesterday to welcome Casey's departure from the boutique wealth management firm.

Singapore - with a modern public transport system - is one of the world's wealthiest societies, with a per capita gross domestic product of S$65,048 (HK$395,000) in 2012.