S'pore man collapses and dies at Batam pub

BATAM - A Singaporean man died suddenly at a Batam pub on Saturday and his body has been repatriated to Singapore, police here said.

Woodlands resident Amal Lal, 59, who worked in the private sector, passed out shortly after he turned up at the Sugar Pub in Nagoya, Riau, Riau Islands police chief Brigadier-General Endjang Sudrajat said on Monday.

Brig-Gen Endjang said the dead man's family did not agree to an autopsy, but he said preliminary investigations found no signs of violence on the man's body.

He said Mr Amal arrived at Batam's Batu Ampar ferry terminal on Wednesday and stayed at the Hotel Dju Dju in Nagoya.

On arriving at the bar around 5.30pm on Saturday evening, he ordered a bottle of Heineken, but suddenly fell to the ground and became unconscious.

"A witness immediately took the victim in a taxi to the Budi Kemuliaan hospital, but not long after he arrived, the doctor said he had died," the police chief said.

The man's family arrived in Batam on Sunday and claimed his body, he added.

A motorcycle taxi operator by the name of Johan, 35, who was waiting outside the bar on Saturday, said there appeared to be a commotion at the pub that evening but it turned out a visitor had fainted.

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