He also didn't have the right permit for a long term stay overseas, the Ministry said. Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations.
Regardless, Kwan was obviously not in attendance for the Singapore premiere of Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday, and one would think he won't be able to visit his native country anytime soon. If convicted of draft-dodging, Kwan faces a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $7,300 (S$10,000).
The ministry also added that Kwan's 1994 application and subsequent appeal to renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving NS were rejected.
The romantic comedy about an Asian-American New Yorker, who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent, is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.
Kwan has yet to comment on the claim.
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According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the USA since then.
All male Singapore citizens and second-generation permanent residents must complete the service in one of Singapore's uniformed branches - the Singapore Armed Forces, Civil Defense Force or police - unless given an exemption. With a target on her back, she has to fend off catty socialites and hold her own against Nick's domineering mother (Michelle Yeoh) while remaining true to herself.
Audiences are expected to be good for the movie in a number of Asian markets but the pic isn't without its critics of how Singapore and Singaporeans are portrayed.
Pictures has given the OK to continue development on the Crazy Rich Asians sequel, "with plans to reunite the first movie's original team, including producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson".