S'porean dies after collapsing at drug-hit Jakarta concert

S'porean dies after collapsing at drug-hit Jakarta concert

A Singaporean man died after collapsing at a trance music festival in Jakarta on Sunday, in what the Indonesian authorities have called a drug-related case.

Indonesian media reported yesterday that Mr Chua Wen Hu, 26, was one of three who collapsed at the event, A State of Trance, at Ancol Beach. The event ran from Saturday night to early Sunday. The same performance had played in Kuala Lumpur from Friday night to early Saturday, during which drug overdoses reportedly left six Malaysians dead, dozens hospitalised and 29 arrested on drug charges.

Among these, two Singaporeans have been discharged from KL hospitals, but seven remain hospitalised, Cheras police chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohan Singh, told The Straits Times yesterday.

Three young Singaporeans were also arrested after their urine tested positive for unconfirmed types of drugs, added ACP Mohan - two males are still being detained, while a female has been bailed out by a Malaysian.

Post-mortems on the six dead, who were aged between 19 and 28, have been done, but the drugs involved have not been determined as toxicology testing has yet to be completed, he said.

The rest of the three-day Future Music Festival Asia, of which A State of Trance was a part, was cancelled.

Drugs continued to plague A State of Trance - which featured a line-up of international DJs including Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk - when it travelled on Saturday to Jakarta in the next-to-last leg of its eight-country tour.

Mr Chua is understood to have collapsed with seizures during the concert and was rushed to Mitra Kemayoran Hospital, along with Indonesians Isti Rahmawati, 19, and Ricky Maahir Muhammad, 18.

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