Anton Casey loses job, friends

Anton Casey loses job, friends

SINGAPORE - Not only has Briton Anton Casey left the country, he has also lost his wealth management job.

He, his wife, former Miss Singapore Bernice Wong, and child were reportedly spotted on a Singapore Airlines plane leaving for Perth at 12.10am on Friday.

About 24 hours later, Crossinvest Asia released a statement on its Facebook page, announcing that the firm and Mr Casey had "parted ways with immediate effect".

Early this week, Mr Casey's social media comments caused a major uproar when he posted a picture of his son with the caption: "Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?"

He later posted a picture of his son is in a silver Porsche with the caption: "Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me."

The Singapore public responded vocally and angrily. Even Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam lambasted the posts as "deeply offensive".

Mr Casey attempted to apologise, issuing a statement through public relations firm Fulford PR. But it backfired, with the public slamming the move as insincere.

The story has made it to the UK, Hong Kong and Australian media, whose audience also responded scathingly to Mr Casey's comments.

Crossinvest Asia's statement said that the comments went against "our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity.

"Crossinvest Asia is a family business which has been built here in Singapore. The online comments made by Mr Casey do not represent the culture that we have built over many years."

The New Paper on Sunday attempted to reach the firm's managing director, Mr Christophe Audergon, for further comment, but was rejected on Saturday.

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