“Kim Jong Un” arrived in Singapore ahead of the historic summit he is participating in with President Donald Trump, but he was detained and questioned at the airport. That is because, he’s just impersonating the North Korean leader.
Howard X, the Hong Kong-based impersonator, is in the city-state for summit-related promotions by a mall and seafood restaurant.
Howard X said he was stopped by police officers upon his arrival at the famous Changi Airport. His bags were also searched, and he was questioned for almost two hours. Howard X, whose real name is Lee Howard Ho Wun, said he was asked by police officers if he had been involved in protests around the world, including those which are supporting pro-democracy in Hong Kong. Howard X admitted to the Singaporean police that he had been at the scene of Hong Kong demonstrations only in the capacity of a musician playing the drums.
He emphatically told the local police: “However, I never rioted and don’t plan to ever riot. I told him (police officer) that I would never do this in Singapore because it is against your rules to protest.”
He was eventually allowed to go to do his thing but not before being told to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La Hotel where the real Kim and President Trump are expected to meet and stay.
Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said that Wun’s interview was part of the immigration clearance process. They also clarified that travelers to Singapore may be subjected to additional interviews and/or screening.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island while Trump will stay at the Shangri-La Hotel for his visit in the Southeast Asian nation.
Howard X already met with his counterpart-impersonator, Dennis Alan, a Trump impersonator on Friday. The pair held hands and walked around Merlion park, a popular tourist destination in the city-state. They posed for photos with mock chili and black pepper crab dishes. They also allowed curious passers-by to have “selfies” with them.