Anton Casey – free publicity Anton has generated puts Singapore on the world map

What? This is called British humour? I thought British humour is Mr Bean~!

The British wealth fund manager who referred to public transport commuters in Singapore as “poor people” in his Facebook post has grabbed headlines in his home country.

British newspapers, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the London Evening Standard, have picked up the story of how Mr Anton Casey’s comments had caused a furore in Singapore.

The Guardian led off its piece with how the Briton had been forced to apologise to the people of Singapore. Law Minister K. Shanmugam noted that some also felt Mr Casey’s apology lacked sincerity, and “I think there is some basis for thinking that”. Mr Casey’s comments were “deeply offensive, wrong and unacceptable”, he said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “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,” he wrote. “I am glad the community has come together to condemn what he has said.”

Singapore can be a strange place where some low-skilled expats can ride high in our pecking order. Wealth manager type of jobs are not that difficult to fill.

How the heck has Singapore ended up taking in rejects thinking they are gems? Our best Singaporean who works in London won’t get paid an expat package

Perhaps back in London, people with such skill would not be able to live in the city and would need to take the tube to work. Being wealthy is relative. Even in Singapore only 1 porsche does not make one rich.

As expats they are guests in someone else’s country and ambassadors/representatives of their own.

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