SINGAPORE - Anton Casey, the British senior wealth manager who found himself at the centre of a social media storm after criticising Singaporeans online, was found to have also insulted a local taxi driver by calling him a 'retard'.
Casey, 39, had mocked the cabby for wearing arm warmers and having a towel on his lap while out on the roads in a message accompanying a photo of the taxi driver on Mar 10 last year, reported The Independent.
The message dated March 10, 2013, read: "Today's cabbie retard award goes to...Mr Arm Warmers, stripy mittens & towel on the lap man. After all, it's only 37c outside."
Casey had earlier caused an uproar among Singaporeans after he labelled Singaporeans who took public transport as 'poor people' and wrote on Facebook, when he got his Porsche sports car back, that he could only get behind the wheel after he had 'washed the stench of public transport off' himself.
A video of him issuing a sarcastic apology, where he asked viewers to "Be angry at your mum and dad for raising you a w*ss."
While he has since issued an apology via a public relations firm -- which some Singaporeans have found to be insincere -- that was not enough to prevent his employers from looking into this episode.
In a statement carried in the British press, Christophe Audergon, managing director of Crossinvest Asia, said:
"Crossinvest does 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."
This controversy has also gotten a response from Law Minister K Shanmugam, who aired his thoughts over this issue on his facebook page.
Mr Shanmugam, who was also the first minister to speak out on this saga, wrote:
"I have been asked what I thought of Mr Anton Casey and his statements. Like many Singaporeans, I am terribly upset and offended by what he has posted. Deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable.
"Those who have done well in life should always be looking out for others - especially the less well-off or needy. It is basic human decency. Instead Mr Casey showed contempt. Having money and a Porsche, does not automatically mean that one is superior. Character is important.
"I am glad the community has come together to condemn what he has said.
"He has attempted to apologise to Singaporeans. But some feel that the manner of his apology showed a lack of sincerity. And I think there is some basis for thinking that."
"At the same time, I hope that Singaporeans will not attack or flame his family because of his actions. We, Singaporeans, can be bigger than that."
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