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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author wanted for arrest in Singapore



Kevin kwan Crazy Rich Asians Premiere
Kevin Kwan (right) with
“Crazy Rich Asians” stars Henry Golding and Constance


  • “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan faces up to three
    years in prison if convicted of draft-dodging in his home
    country of Singapore.
  • All men in Singapore are required to serve two years of
    national service.
  • Kwan tried to renounce his citizenship from Singapore
    in 1994, but was rejected. 
  • The film’s Singapore premiere happened on Tuesday, but
    Kwan was not in attendance. 

Kevin Kwan,
who wrote the novel “Crazy
Rich Asians”
that the hit film is based on, faces arrest if
he returns to his home country of Singapore where the novel and
film take place.

Kwan has been accused draft-dodging by the government there, and
faces up to three years in prison if convicted. All men who are
citizens of Singapore are required to serve at least two
years of national service in the army, police, or
civil defense after they turn 18. 
Kwan faces up to
three years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for allegedly
avoiding his required service.

On Wednesday, the Singapore ministry of defense issued a

 “Mr Kevin Kwan failed to register for National Service
(NS) in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas
address. He also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit.
Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS
obligations. In 1994, his application and subsequent appeal to
renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving NS were
rejected. Mr Kwan has committed offences under the Enlistment
Act, and is liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or
imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” held its Singapore premiere Tuesday, and Kwan
was not present. 

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