An Australian comedian known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says Singaporean authorities briefly detained and questioned him Friday about his political views.
The incident came just days before the city-state hosts high stakes talks between US and North Korea’s leaders.
Howard X, who declined to give his real name, told Reuters he was detained for two hours and questioned for around thirty minutes when he arrived in the early morning hours at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
“(They) asked me what my political views were and if I have been involved with protests in other countries,” he said, adding that he was told to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La, two areas that are designated “special event areas” for the summit.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) said Lee Howard Ho Wun arrived at Changi Airport at about 3.30 a.m on June 8 and was interviewed about forty-five minutes later. After completing the interview he was allowed entry into Singapore.
Howard X was in Singapore late last month, posing as Kim Jong Un against a backdrop of the city’s bay which features sites such as the Merlion and the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, according to Reuters.
He said he is planning similar stunts for the purpose of political satire in the coming days, this time in league with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan.
He said he is not planning any protests.