Drug deaths stop music festival
CANCELLED: The third day of Future Music Festival Asia in KL was cancelled after drug deaths. TNP FILE PHOTO
It was supposed to be the biggest electronic dance event in South-east Asia showcasing famous DJs.
But the Future Music Festival Asia, held in mid-March in Kuala Lumpur, was marred when six people died from a suspected drug overdose.
"The six victims who died were believed to have taken the drug methamphetamine before going to the concert," a senior Malaysian police officer was quoted in Bernama.
In total, nine people - six of whom were suspected to be Singaporeans - were treated at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre after they had collapsed.
Due to ongoing police investigations, Livescape Asia - the festival organiser - cancelled the third day of the festival "in the interest of public safety".
The cancellation left thousands of concertgoers unhappy. Some of them began shouting "Open the gates" and "We want in" at the entrance of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium venue.
In hindsight, the deaths had left Mr Iqbal Ameer, chief executive officer of The Livescape Group, "heartbroken".
He told The New Paper in August: "What happened was way beyond our control... For us, we had to lick our wounds, be better and stronger as well as learn from our experiences."
But partygoers can look forward to March 13 next year.
The organisers announced in November that the two-day event will debut in Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre.