British businessman receives death threats in Singapore over Facebook comments
– “Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?”
– “Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me…!”
By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter
11:00AM GMT 22 Jan 2014
A British businessman has received death threats after calling Singapore commuters poor people on Facebook.
Wealth manager Anton Casey was forced to apologise for his derogatory remarks after a public backlash.
Mr Casey, who is married to former Miss Singapore Universe Bernice Wong, issued a statement through Fulford Public Relations.
He said: “I deeply regret having offended and disrespected the people of Singapore.
“I have the highest respect and regard for Singapore and the good people of Singapore; this is my home.”
The businessman is being vilified for some of his comments on Facebook which surfaced on various Singaporean websites and forums.
One posting shows a photo of his son sitting on an MRT train, the Singaporean public transport train.
Mr Casey wrote: “Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?”
Another photo shows his son in his Porsche, with the comment: “Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me…!”
He also called a Singaporean male cabbie a ‘retard’ for wearing arm warmers and mittens and having a towel on his lap.
He added: “After 11 years of residency, I am still trying to understand THESE people!”
Mr Casey, who is believed to be staying in Sentosa Cove, said that due to a ‘security breach’ of his personal Facebook page and the misuse of an old video by unknown sources, his family, especially his five-year-old son, “suffered extreme emotional and verbal abuse online”.
Singaporeans have branded the expatriate arrogant and urged him and his family to leave their country.
Mr Casey said: “It must be made extremely clear that a YouTube video of me, with my son in the background, was not posted in response to any recent events.
“This video was made weeks prior and has been misused to portray me as unrepentant.”
Mr Casey said police were investigating a number of death threats received by his family.
He apologised and begged people to leave his five-year-old son alone.
He said: “My son is an innocent party to this unfortunate and extremely stressful situation.
“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.”
One male expatriate who knows Casey and his family insisted that he has a very British sense of humour, which can be very scathing.
He said: “It can cross lines and it did cross lines. I had to defriend him on Facebook because I couldn’t stand the rubbish he was writing about all sorts of people. However, his wife and son were sweet.”
The online furore started following the circulation of a couple of Casey’s insensitive Facebook posts.
A YouTube video which appeared to show him making a taunting response to his detractors was also blasted.
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