Kevin Kwan case casts spotlight on NS defaulters and what they do to avoid having to serve

The Enlistment Act applies to all male citizens and PRs aged from 16½ to 40. Mindef said writer Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990.
The Enlistment Act applies to all male citizens and PRs aged from 16½ to 40. Mindef said writer Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990.
The Enlistment Act applies to all male citizens and PRs aged from 16½ to 40. Mindef said writer Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990.
The Enlistment Act applies to all male citizens and PRs aged from 16½ to 40. Mindef said writer Kevin Kwan failed to register for NS in 1990.

Kevin Kwan case raises questions on penalties and process of renouncing citizenship

The news that Singapore-born writer Kevin Kwan defaulted on his national service obligations has cast a spotlight on the issue of draft dodgers and what they do to avoid having to serve.

Mr Kwan, who wrote the best-selling book that inspired the movie Crazy Rich Asians, is classified as a defaulter by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and could face arrest if he returns here. Mindef said last Wednesday (Aug 22) that the 44-year-old failed to register for NS in 1990, despite notices sent to his overseas address.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 26, 2018, with the headline 'Spotlight on NS defaulters'. Print Edition | Subscribe