Anton Casey and company Crossinvest Asia part ways
Anton Casey, the Briton who sparked island-wide outrage when he posted comments on his personal Facebook labelling public transport commuters as “poor people” with a “stench”, has reportedly packed up and moved his family to Perth.
A local paper reports that Casey, his wife Bernice Wong (a former Miss Singapore Universe winner) and their five-year-old son were spotted boarding a Singapore Airlines flight to the Australian city early Friday morning.
Casey has cited death threats as the reason for his departure. He has lived in Singapore for 12 years.
The two notorious photos that started it all were posted on his now-deactivated Facebook account earlier this week. One featured his son sitting in a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train with the caption: “Daddy where is your car & who are all these poor people?”, and the other, of his silver Porsche convertible, read: “Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me.”
Online users also managed to dig out a post from March 10, 2013 insulting a taxi driver: "Today's cabbie retard award goes to...Mr Arm Warmers, stripy mittens & towel on the lap man. After all, it's only 37c outside."
Needless to say, Singaporeans, as well as fellow Britons, were angered, with reactions ranging from social media rants to death threats against his family.
In addition to the public backlash, the former wealth manager and his employer Crossinvest Asia "parted ways with immediate effect" on Friday. “Those comments go against our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity,” the company posted on their Facebook page early this morning.
Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam has also lambasted Casey’s insensitive comments, calling them “deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable”.
Casey has since apologised for his mistake, offering community service as a form of atonement. “I hope the people of Singapore will allow me to volunteer my time and resources to community projects in order to make amends for my mistakes. I also hope the people of Singapore, my adopted home, will forgive me over time,” he wrote in an e-mail to the paper.
He will return to Singapore when he and his family feel safe.
A similar incident happened in 2012, when Malaysian-born Amy Cheong made headlines for her derogatory remarks about Malay weddings. The Australian citizen relocated to Perth after being fired from NTUC.
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