British expat's 'poor people' remark sparks outrage in Singapore
January 22, 2014 00:00
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, 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 Sg$65,048 ($50,890) in 2012. The city-state also boasts one of Asia's most modern public transport systems, with its 150-kilometre (93-mile) metro network carrying about two million people daily.
"I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore," Casey said in a statement issued through a public relations firm late 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.
"I wish for nothing more than to be forgiven for my poor judgement and given a second chance to rebuild the trust people have had in me as a resident of this wonderful country."