Singapore man dies at Jakarta festival

Singapore man dies at Jakarta festival

A Singaporean man is said to have died in Jakarta after collapsing at a dance music festival over the weekend, according to Indonesian media.

The reports came after a similar music festival held on the weekend in Kuala Lumpur saw a rash of drug overdose cases leaving six Malaysians dead and 14, including nine Singaporeans, hospitalised.

The Jakarta Globe reported that Mr Chua Wen Hu, 26, died, along with two Indonesian teenagers.

They collapsed at the A State Of Trance music festival at Ancol Beach in North Jakarta during the early hours of Sunday morning. The performance was also held in Kuala Lumpur the day before as part of the Future Music Festival Asia, which ran from Friday to early Saturday.

They died not long after being rushed to Mitra Kemayoran Hospital. Their deaths were drug-related, said Indonesian police yesterday.

Their remains have been submitted to another hospital for autopsies.

The Jakarta Globe quoted a police spokesman as saying that witness testimony indicated the victims had taken drugs before attending the festival.

The police have since arrested one person for drug possession but it is not yet known if the person was connected to the three deaths.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, a total of 29 people have been arrested on drug-related charges, three of whom are Singaporeans. Seven Singaporeans remain in KL hospitals, Cheras police chief Mohan Singh told The Straits Times yesterday.

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