KUALA LUMPUR - It has been confirmed that heatstroke killed six people at the 2014 Future Music Festival Asia. But police insist that drug abuse had a secondary role in the tragedy.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said the police would ask for a public inquest into the case and that the findings of the probe would be revealed at the inquest.
SDCP Tajuddin said the initial ruling that the six had died from drug overdose was made on the basis of preliminary findings by the police.
The official toxicology report on the victims was only finalised by the hospitals about two months after the incident, which happened in March last year.
"Drug abuse could have contributed, although it was not the cause of death as per the pathologist's findings.
"Still, the final say comes from the pathologist," he said.
He added that the element of drugs at the festival could not be downplayed and remained a serious concern.
Asked why the police statements were not corrected after the post-mortems were completed, he declined to comment.
"All this will be made public at the inquest."
He also said the request for the inquest could be submitted within the next two weeks.
SDCP Tajuddin was not with the KL police during the time the police statements were made on the deaths.
The then KL police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, who has since been promoted to Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director, made the statements at a press conference at the Cheras police headquarters.
Approached by The Star for a comment, Comm Mohmad declined.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said drugs played a part in the deaths.
He said drugs resulted in the victims getting dehydrated and ultimately dying from heatstroke.
"When the clinical findings were revealed to us, we accepted them but the fact remains that the six had misused the drugs.
"When you take a substance like methamphetamine or amphetamine, it increases your energy. Why do you think they can dance from morning till night?
"Whatever you say, it still comes back to drug abuse," said Khalid at a press conference yesterday.