Crazy Rich Asians Author Kevin Kwan 'Wanted' In Singapore

The Ministry of Defence claims the author failed to fulfil his National Service.

The stars were all out for the Singapore premiere of Crazy Rich Asians, the film which has become a global phenomenon, but there was one person who was noticeably absent.

The author of the novel the film is based on, Kevin Kwan, wasn't at the premiere despite being born there and a bulk of the story of the novel and film taking place and being shot in Singapore.

A day after the film premiered in Singapore this week, the Ministry of Defence revealed Kwan could face a fine or potential  three years of prison for never fulfilling his National Service (NS) obligations.

In Singapore, it's still compulsory for all men to serve in either the Armed Forces, Police or Civil Defence Force for approximately two years.

"Mr Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990 despite letters sent to his overseas address," The Ministry of Defence said in a statement to the BBC, "Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations."

Kwan was born in Singapore but moved to Houston when he was 11, and while Kwan reportedly applied to renounce his Singaporean citizenship, the Ministry of Defence claim the application was rejected on the grounds that the author had not fulfilled his NS.

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Kwan's novel follows an American economics professor who joins her boyfriend on a trip to Singapore for a friend's wedding where she is introduced to his family for the first time. On the trip she's shocked to learn that her boyfriend's family aren't just rich... they're crazy rich.

The film has received a ton of praise for its representation of Asian actors, cast and crew, and the film has performed overwhelmingly at the box office. This week it was confirmed that a sequel would be going into development. The sequel would be once again based on one of Kwan's novels, China Rich Girlfriend.

Crazy Rich Asians opens in cinemas across Australia on August 30.

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