Music festival organisers welcome sniffer dog suggestion

Music festival organisers welcome sniffer dog suggestion
Family members of the six Malaysian concertgoers of the Future Music Festival Asia in Kuala Lumpur, who died from an apparent overdose of the drug methamphetamine, commonly known as Ice, at a mortuary.

KUALA LUMPUR - The organisers of the Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) have welcomed the Home Ministry's suggestion to deploy sniffer dogs at music events to detect the presence of drugs.

Group CEO of The Livescape Group Iqbal Ameer applauded the ministry's willingness to work closer with music festival organisers.

"Our top priority when organising large-scale events has always been the safety of our guests.

"However, there is only so much an organiser can do, and we have always said that there should be greater cooperation with the authorities to produce a fun and safer environment for festival-goers," he said in a statement e-mailed to The Star yesterday.

Iqbal was responding to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar's statement in Parliament that sniffer dogs may be deployed to detect the presence of drugs at music festivals in future.

Dr Wan Junaidi had said that security at such events would be stricter following the case of six people, aged between 21 and 28, who died of a drug overdose at the FMFA in March, forcing the organisers to cancel the last day of the festival.

Iqbal said live events had been drawing huge numbers of tourists.

"The festival alone, in its three years, has attracted over 40,000 tourists who have travelled to the country specifically for the festival, contributing over RM150 million (S$60 million) in tourism revenue," he said.

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