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Published: Thursday January 23, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday January 23, 2014 MYT 9:12:47 AM

British expat’s ‘poor people’ remark sparks outrage

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, a 39-year-old senior wealth manager in the financial sector, had also referred to washing “the stench of public transport off me” in one of his posts on the social network.

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

Singapore has one of the world’s highest annual GDP per capita incomes with official data showing it stood at S$65,048 (RM169,300) in 2012. The city-state also boasts one of Asia’s most modern public transport systems.

“I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore,” Casey said in a statement issued through a public relations firm on Tuesday.

“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 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 silver convertible 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.”

Casey 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 received by his family, he added.

“This guy is rich materially but poor spiritually,” a reader named Tony Tan wrote on TheRealSingapore, one of the online publications that reposted Casey’s Facebook comments. — AFP

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