British Expat Offends Singaporeans With Social Media Comments

By Editorial 24 January, 2014

A British expat in Singapore has issued an apology after derogatory comments he made on social media about the citizens of his host country prompted a storm of on-line protest, including death threats and abuse targeting his family.

Writing on Facebook, private wealth manager Anton Casey had mocked subway users as "poor people" and referred to "the stench of public transport." He also photographed a taxi driver who he said should have a "retard award" for wearing mittens on a warm day, and added that "after 11 years of residency, I am still trying to understand these people."

Casey said that the comments had been spread following a "security breach" on his Facebook account. As the controversy grew, a video was uploaded to YouTube in which Casey appeared to mock those who had taken offense, although Casey explained that this was actually an older video that had "been misused to portray me as unrepentant."

He added: "I deeply regret having offended and disrespected the people of Singapore," and asked for a "second chance to rebuild the trust people have had in me as a resident of this wonderful country." He also revealed that police were looking into the matter of the YouTube upload and the threats.

Tags: Singapore | Expats | Welfare |


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