Sonny Truyen, an Australian living in Singapore for work has been sacked by his company after his rant about the country he is living in currently.
It all started in a series of Facebook comments where Truyen mentioned that Singapore is not a good place to live in because of the non-availability of Pokemon Go there. He didn’t stop it there and went to mention that the country is full of ‘stupid people’.
This misbehavior of Truyen angered a lot of web users of Singapore and they went on to contact his employer, 99.co, a real estate website.
Sonny Truyen also argued with another Facebook user and said that Singapore’s average IQ level will fall down if he left the country. He also passed on an insulting comment by stating that the “locals can’t even read”.
On the other hand, the chief executive of 99.co, Darius Cheng wrote an apology in a blog post and confirmed about the termination of the contract with Sonny Truyen.
He wrote, “Sonny, as an SEO specialist, has only started consulting for us for a week before the incident happened.”
“We are a proud Singaporean company and do not condone such language or behaviour, hence we have since terminated his engagement once the incident came to light.”
Darius Cheng also urged the readers not to spread ‘messages of hate and division and embrace the diversity’ of Singapore.
He added, “Anyone labelled a ‘Foreign Talent’ was heavily criticised. I am sure we all have Australian or Vietnamese friends – how would they feel if they read it?”
It is not the first incident of similar nature as there are a lot of foreign expats who live in Singapore. Back in 2014, a British banker named Anton Casey complained about the stinky public transport of Singapore via a YouTube video.
He also mentioned that the country was full of ‘poor people’ which resulted in an outcry. He immediately lost his job after the incident and was forced to leave the country.
Another such incident happened back in 2012, when Amy Cheong, an Australian executive posted racist comments on Facebook. She posted such comments on the social network after she was unable to sleep because of an wedding near her house. She too was fired from her job.
Singaporean authorities are actually very strict against the people who make comments that breaches the standard of decency.
The offender this time, Sonny Truyen told Mashable, “It was disappointing the lengths Singaporeans went at to attack me and deny [me] any chance of making amends for my actions.”
He has also deleted all of his social media accounts and mentioned that it was “very big error in judgement to negatively label an entire country over Pokemon”.