Cops confirm 14 people hospitalised over music fest drug overdose

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confirmed that a total of 14 people have been hospitalised as a result of suspected drug overdose during Future Music Festival Asia 2014, which was forced to cancel on Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur deputy CID director ACP Khairi Ahrasa said along with the three who were still in critical condition, there were 11 others who were being treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM), though they are in stable condition.

They were all aged between 19 and 28.

He said, nine of those hospitalised were Singaporeans, there rest were from here, Myanmar, Iran and Taiwan.

"One Singaporean was discharged from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday (Saturday) and the rest are still seeking treatment," he said.

ACP Khairi added that a total of 29 people (13 locals and 16 foreigners) have been arrested on drug related charges throughout the duration of the music festival and are being remanded until March 18.

The biggest music festival in South-East Asia, featuring international acts like Pharrel Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rudimental and Knife Party, was forced to cancel on the last day of the event on Saturday, following reports that six people had died of drug overdose at the festival.

One man died at the venue while another died on the way to hospital. Four others - another man and three women - died at the UMMC and HUKM.