Mr Anton Casey and his firm, wealth management company Crossinvest (Asia) Pte Ltd, have “parted ways”, the company says in a statement on Friday night.
“Crossinvest Asia is deeply concerned by the recent comments made by Mr. Anton Casey on social media which have caused great distress amongst Singaporeans,” Crossinvest posted on its Facebook page. “Those comments go against our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity.”
Crossinvest is a company which offers “exclusive asset management and financial advisory services to sophisticated individuals, entrepreneurial families and institutions,” according to the company’s website.
“We aim for excellence so that all our clients are afforded the highest level of trust, service and commitment,” it says.
Mr Casey, a wealth manager with the company, had posted earlier in the week remarks online belittling and insulting the “poor people” who used public transport. His comments sparked widespread criticisms here, with a minister weighing in and saying Casey’s remarks were “terribly” upsetting. The incident was picked up by the press in the United Kingdom, where Casey hails from.
Crossinvest said, “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.”
“Accordingly, Crossinvest Asia and Mr Casey have parted ways with immediate effect.”
On Saturday, the news reported that Casey and his family had left Singapore for Perth. It is unclear when he did but the reports say he left because of death threats made against his family.
Casey again apologised for his remarks, and offered to do community work, said the Straits Times.
“I hope the people of Singapore will allow me to volunteer my time and resources to community projects in order to make amends for my mistakes,” Casey reportedly said.
“I also hope the people of Singapore, my adopted home, will forgive me over time.”
Read the statement from Crossinvest here on Crossinvest Facebook page.
The Online Citizen has written to the company to confirm its statement. We will post updates when we hear from the company.