UPDATE: July 11, 2016, 4:49 p.m. SGT Updated with statement from Sonny Truyen.
SINGAPORE Oh boy. As Pokmon Go madness envelops the Internet, wannabe trainers in Singapore have been left high and dry, since the app hasn’t been released here yet.
The trending Nintendo game was released several days ago in countries like the U.S. and Australia, but neither the Apple App Store nor Google Play has it yet.
Sonny Truyen, an Australian working in Singapore, was so incensed that he couldn’t go out to catch a Pokmon that he let rip a few choice words about the country on Facebook over the weekend.
According to a screen grab of a comment he made, Truyen said: “You can’t f**king catch Pokmon in this piece of f**king sh*t country.”
Sonny Truyen later got into a flame war with a Singaporean named Adelene Kong, who notes that she’s had friends who have reported him for making incendiary comments, although she didn’t state who the report was lodged with.
The exchange was captured by a user on local forum Hardwarezone.
Mothership reports that users quickly launched a witch hunt, and discovered that Truyen had just started working at local property site 99.co as the vice president of digital marketing. A number of them started leaving complaints on 99.co’s Facebook page.
On Sunday evening, 99.co’s CEO, Darius Cheung, posted an apology on the company’s blog as well as on Hardwarezone, where an angry thread had gained momentum.
1) Sonny, an SEO specialist, started consulting with us last monday, he has been a consultant with us for about a week when this incident happened
2) We are a proud Singaporean company and we do not condone such language or behaviour, we have terminated his engagement with us immediately, as soon as the incident came to our attention
After this story broke,Truyen reached out to Mashableon Monday with a statement: “It was a dick move on my behalf and a very big error in judgement to negatively label an entire country over Pokmon. It was very wrong of me to rage like that.
“However in my defense, I was racially vilified for not being a ‘white’ Australian. It was disappointing the lengths Singaporeans went at to attack me and deny any chance of making amends for my actions.”
When asked if he was keen to get his job back, he said: “I‘ve parted ways with 99.co and would appreciate it if everyone could stop the witch hunt there and leave them alone, bombarding them with threats isn’t helping.”
According to BrandinginAsia, Truyen joined 99.co after a couple of months at Malaysian startup iPrice Group earlier this year. He’s worked for other digital firms such as eBay, First Rate and iCar Asia in the past.
Truyen appears to have deactivated or deleted his Facebook account since the incident.
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