British wealth manager sorry after 'poor people' remarks sparked online anger in Singapore

A British wealth manager who lives in Singapore has apologised for referring to public transport commuters as "poor people", which sparked online outrage.

Wealth manager Anton Casey being interviewed in 2010. Credit: YouTube / NTDTV

In another comment posted on Facebook, Anton Casey, a 39-year-old senior wealth manager in the financial sector, said he was washing "the stench of public transport off" him after travelling on the metro.

He also posted a picture of a boy, apparently his son, sitting inside a metro train with the caption saying: "Daddy, where is your car & who are all these poor people?"

Furious online readers flooded social media sites and criticised the Porsche-driving Mr Casey for his controversial comments.

Mr Casey, who is a permanent resident of the country and married to a former Singapore beauty queen, said: "I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore. I have the highest respect and regard for Singapore and the good people of Singapore; this is my home.

"I wish for nothing more than to be forgiven for my poor judgement and given a second chance to rebuild the trust people have had in me as a resident of this wonderful country."