On Sunday, British banker Anton Casey posted a photo of his son on one of Singapore’s MRT trains with the caption: “Daddy where is your car & who are all these poor people?”
That post, along with another uploaded soon after of his Porsche carrying the caption “Ahhhhhhhhh, reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me FFS!” has drawn flak both online and offline.
His actions have even caught the attention of Singapore’s Law and Foreign Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam.
In a Facebook post this morning, Shanmugam called Casey’s behaviour “deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable”.
Casey’s employer, Christophe Audergon, managing director of Crossinvest Asia, issued an official statement yesterday in which he said the company “does not condone the offending comments”.
“Crossinvest has clear policies regarding the codes of conduct expected of its employees. That code of conduct extends to social media. We are currently investigating the comments made by our employee and will take appropriate action once we are in possession of all the facts,” the statement said.
Casey, who has enlisted the help of local agency Fulford PR, issued a statement of his own yesterday, where he admitted to having “offended and disrespected the people of Singapore”.
“I wish for nothing more than to be forgiven for my poor judgement and given a second chance to rebuild the trust people had in me as a resident of this City – specifically for my family,” Casey added.
This is not the first time an employee has landed in hot water for making disparaging comments online. In October 2012, Amy Cheong was dismissed from her job at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) after posting several vulgarity-laden comments against the Singaporean Malay community.
Two months later, Carlos Pestano III found himself in trouble with his employers at Seagate after calling Singaporeans “rotten locals” on Facebook.