Last week, Singapore said goodbye to Anton Casey, a British banker, after he notoriously uploaded photos of his son on the train on Facebook with the following caption:
“Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?”
As if that wasn’t snobbish enough, he uploaded another photo of his 5 year old in his Porsche with yet another jaw-dropping caption:
“Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me…!”
Mr Casey definitely sparked outrage amongst those living in Singapore. Despite issuing a public apology, the angry public was quick to stone him and his family to death verbally. Afterall, this man has made bigoted remarks which shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere in the world.
Needless to say, he’s one of the many black sheep among expats living in Singapore. The typical kind who gives Caucasians living in Singapore a tarnished name. The type that results in less-informed Singaporeans assuming that all Caucasians are filthy rich, rude and arrogant.
While it must have been tough on his family to receive death threats (no thanks to his mindless behaviour), and while I do agree that he has received harsh criticism from the public, I do think he is good riddance.
No thanks to our hot and humid weather, it is only inevitable that commuters sweat as they get around our little island. No thanks to the costs of a Certificate of Entitlement (a piece of paper to say you can legally own a car in Singapore), not everyone can own a car in Singapore. No thanks to having cheaper food options such as hawker centres and foodcourts which guarantee their patrons to smell like whatever food they sell there , not everyone dines in fancy restaurants.
One thing for sure, Mr Casey, it is for us, Singaporeans, to mock and criticise our own country. I know we don’t play it fair, but what you’ve done is precisely the way to piss a Singaporean off. I wish you’ve read that article beforehand. It would have helped keep your job.