Yes and no: Should the Singapore Government support Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians?

With Singapore-born Kevin Kwan - author of the Hollywood hit Crazy Rich Asians - revealed as a National Service defaulter, should the Government be supporting his work? The Straits Times' defence and security editor Kor Kian Beng and lifestyle correspondent Benson Ang argue their case for and against.

The sensitive issue of national service (NS) evasion has resurfaced again after news broke that Singapore-born novelist Kevin Kwan of the Crazy Rich Asians movie fame is a defaulter.

His is the second high-profile case to come under the spotlight for NS evasion, after internationally-acclaimed pianist Melvyn Tan was fined $3,000 in 2005 for draft dodging.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline 'NO: It sends the wrong message on national service and defaulting'. Print Edition | Subscribe