The guy who wrote the books behind the hit movie, “Crazy Rich Asians,” didn’t get to attend the latest premiere of the film because he’s wanted in the country for skipping out on his civil duty.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence just announced that author Kevin Kwan, who moved to the U.S. when he was 11-years-old, violated the country’s Enlistment Act when he failed to register for National Service in 1990. The country’s laws state that all men are required to serve two years of service in the army, police or civil defense.
“Crazy Rich Asians” held its premiere Tuesday night but Kwan did not attend, and Singapore says he’s liable for a fine up to $10,000 or 3 years in jail.
Singapore also claims Kwan tried to renounce his citizenship without serving, but it was denied. The country has reportedly been critical of the movie for its depiction of a wealthy Chinese family.