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By now, you might have seen the allegedly racist Facebook post published by former Singapore presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian, where he said, “I boarded SMRT 857 and found that I was in Mumbai. Hahaha.”

That was his caption for a photo showing Indian passengers riding the bus, which stops at places like Jalan Besar and Seranggoon Road.

The post sparked fury among online citizens, who felt that it was racist, according to Vulcan Post.

Tan has since deleted it and responded to the backlash in two separate posts – one of which has already been deleted.

However, not everyone was angered by Tan’s opinion.

There were many online citizens who did not see what the big deal was.

“Nothing wrong with what he said. He was merely expressing an opinion,” said Facebook user Au Kah Kay.

“Nothing wrong for telling the truth. I believe most of the Singaporean feels the same,” said a Hakim Omar.

“It a fact. What so racist about it ? Singapore is in fact a mini United Nation. You walk down Shenton way during lunch time, you will find that Singaporean is in fact a minority in their own country,” said a Dylan Tang.

Apologised 

Tan has since published a post on Monday apologising to his “local Indian friends” if he had offended them.

“I was actually surprised to see the entire bus full of one nationality. This was the first time that I encountered this situation… I intended my post to be [humorous] but it was badly taken by some quarters. Sorry, if it was in bad taste. I do not mean any disrespect to that nationality,” he said.

What do you think of Tan's original post?