'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan could face up to 3 years in prison if he returns to his native Singapore

GettyKevin Kwan, right, with the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ stars Henry Golding and Constance Wu.
  • The “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan faces up to three years in prison if convicted of draft dodging in his native Singapore.
  • All men who are citizens of Singapore are required to serve for two years in its military, police, or civil defence forces.
  • Kwan tried to renounce his Singaporean citizenship in 1994 but was rejected, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement Wednesday.
  • The film’s Singapore premiere happened on Tuesday, but Kwan was not in attendance.

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

Kwan has been accused of draft dodging by the Singaporean government and faces up to three years in prison or a $US10,000 fine if convicted. All men who are citizens of Singapore are required to serve for at least two years in the military, police, or civil defences forces after they turn 18.

On Wednesday, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence issued a statement:

“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 $US10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction.”

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

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