Wednesday 26 November 2014

Husband of former Miss Singapore receives death threats after "retard" remarks

Maria Tadeo

Published 22/01/2014 | 16:52

SINGAPORE - APRIL 24:  Retailers, hotels and taxi drivers are all the feeling the pain caused by the SARS outbreak as many tourist from all over the world have cancelled their trips April 24, 2003 in Singapore. According to Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore government will muster all resources to fight SARS. Loong warned of catastrophic consequences for Singapore if the disease is not controlled.  He addressed the Parliament saying,
SINGAPORE - APRIL 24: Retailers, hotels and taxi drivers are all the feeling the pain caused by the SARS outbreak as many tourist from all over the world have cancelled their trips April 24, 2003 in Singapore. According to Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore government will muster all resources to fight SARS. Loong warned of catastrophic consequences for Singapore if the disease is not controlled. He addressed the Parliament saying, "The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is a grave threat to Singapore. It has taken a heavy toll on our public health, our economy and society." So far, the SARS outbreak has killed at least 15 people of the 189 infected in Singapore. (Photo By Luis Enrique Ascui/Getty Images)

A businessman has issued an apology after receiving death threats in Singapore for mocking "poor people" and calling a taxi driver a "retard" in a series of abusive remarks.

Anton Casey, a fund manager married to a former Miss Singapore, has caused an uproar in the country after posting a picture of his son sitting on a train on Facebook with the caption: "Daddy, where is your car & who are all these poor people?"

Another photo shows the five-year-old in his Porsche, with an equally offensive caption: "Ahhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me."

In a separate Facebook post, the former London stockbroker insulted a local cabbie for wearing a towel on his lap and hand warmers while driving.

He added: "Today's cabbie retard award goes to...Mr Arm Warmers, stripy mittens & towel on the lap man....After all, it's only 37c outside."

Mr Casey, 39, tried to make amends in a YouTube video, but the stunt backfired after he told viewers: "Don't be angry at me, be angry with your mum and dad for raising you a wuss".

He claims the video was "misused" and taken out of context. He tried to change his Facebook name to Anson Casey but ultimately deactivated the account to stop the abuse.

The financier has received hundreds of angry comments from furious locals and death threats calling for him to leave the country immediately.

Mr Casey has apologised for his "poor judgement" describing Singapore as a "wonderful country".

In a statement, he said: "I have the highest respect and regard for Singapore and the good people of Singapore; this is my home.

"I wish for nothing more than to be forgiven for my poor judgment and given a second chance to rebuild the trust people have had in me as a resident of this wonderful country."

Mr Casey's firm Crossinvest Asia is investigating his comments and is set to take "appropriate action" once the review is completed.

Managing director Christophe Audergon said: "Crossinvest doest not condone the comments. We believe they were made in poor taste.

"We are currently investigating the comments made by our employee and will take appropriate action once we are in possession of all the facts."

Independent.co.uk

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