“Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan talks during an interview in Hong Kong. The Singapore government says Kwan can’t register for national service, as required. Kwan left Singapore at the age of 11 and has lived in the US. since then.
The government of Singapore claims to be the author of the book that the inspiration for the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians” failed to register for compulsory military service.
Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore, but the links in the Asian island country for the USA when he was 11 years old.
All Singaporean men who claim that citizenship should, in most cases, serve in the army for two years.
Singapore’s government said Kwan wanted for “defaulting on his NS obligations” for the failure to register for the service in 1990 and in the foreign country without a valid exit permit.
“Mr. Kwan has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and is liable for a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years after conviction,” reads the statement from singapore’s Ministry of Defence.
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The government also said that Kwan tried to renounce his citizenship in 1994, but the authorities his request rejected because he is not serving the compulsory time in the army.
“In 1994, his application and subsequent appeal to renounce his Singapore citizenship without NS were rejected. Mr. Kwan has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and is liable for a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three years after conviction,” it added.
Kwan reportedly unable to travel to his country of origin, for Tuesday evening for the premiere of the hit romantic comedy, based on his book.
The hit movie, which has grossed more than $35 million since Aug. 15 debut in Los Angeles, is usually based in Singapore. The film is going to open soon in many cities in Asia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.