Kevin Kwan has achieved huge success with his hit book and film adaptation Crazy Rich Asians. With an all Asian cast, the author has created an amazing work that broke grounds for racial diversity. So far, the film has achieved mainstream success and has generated a huge profit as well as critical success.
More and more people are picking up the book, and it would seem that Kevin Kwan shouldn’t have a problem in the world. Sadly, the author faces charges by his country of origin over dodging the mandatory draft of men into the army of Singapore at eighteen-years-old.
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The news came out recently after the entire cast was present for the Singapore premier night event except for the creator of the entire movie and its story. That was this past Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Singapore ministry of defense released a statement saying that Kwan had not enrolled in his mandatory military training.
Kevin Kwan moved to the United States when he was eleven, but in 1994 he tried to revoke his citizenship in Singapore. He was sadly denied, but continued to live there anyway. The entire statement by the ministry reads:
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.
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All male citizens of Singapore are forced to enroll in the National Service either in the army, police, or civil defense once they turn 18. They are required to serve for a minimum of two years in one of those three positions or otherwise suffer the punishments mentioned above.
Hopefully, this all gets resolved for Kwan. If the charges aren’t dropped, hopefully the author can use some of his newly earned revenue to at least pay off the fine without serving any jail time. Kwan has yet to comment, but stick to Bookstr for all the latest book news!
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