Malaysian-born actress Apple Hong (洪乙心) has been working in Singapore for over 20 years. In fact, most of her life now revolves around Singapore. However, Apple had been clinging to her Malaysian citizenship still. Yet, she felt it was time for that to change.
Recently, Apple shared that she took the leap of faith and became a citizen of Singapore. It took some waiting but it finally came. On 20th July, her citizenship was officiated with her brand new pink identity card!
The 43-year-old actress announced the news via her socials with a photo of her and her new ID card. “From today onwards, I have a new ID card and (a new) nationality!” she cheered. Apple shared that she had first arrived in Singapore in 2000 for work. However, her life grew to contain so much more than that.
“I started working here, experienced and learned about life, made close friends, got married and had a home,” she wrote. “After many (life) experiences, I finally got the little pink card in 2022.” Apple added that she will be continuing to “take root” in Singapore.
Apple had been born in Kuala Lumpur, although she attended school in Johor Bahru. After moving to Singapore, Apple applied to be a permanent resident. However, once she married her husband in 2017, Apple decided to formally apply for citizenship. “After living in Singapore for many years, I’m more familiar with Singapore than Malaysia,” Apple reportedly admitted. “At home, I only visit my family, I rarely go out.”
After 20 years in Singapore, Apple is supposedly looking forward to celebrating Singapore’s National Day (9th August) as a Singaporean. In the meantime, the actress is just happy to finally be officially recognised by her second home!