Two S'poreans charged in KL court with drug offences

Two S'poreans charged in KL court with drug offences
Malaysian police arrested 29 people for alleged drug offences at the Future Music Festival Asia in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.

SINGAPORE - Two Singaporeans men were charged in a Malaysian court on Tuesday with drug offences after attending the Future Music Festival Asia, where six revellers died from overdose last Saturday.

Mohamad Redzwan Sali was charged with drug consumption after a positive test and Ng Teck Ming with possession of cannabis, police in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

The two 27-year-olds, who are claiming trial, were not among at least 15 festival goers who collapsed and were hospitalised after alleged drug overdose.

Among them were 11 Singaporeans who are still being investigated and are likely to face similar charges upon recovery.

Six of the 11 have been discharged and five remain hospitalised.

Two of the latter were identified by the police as Ms Lim Shu Wei and Ms Aileen Wilopo. They were understood to have been in critical condition, initially.

The conditions of all who remain hospitalised were reported to have stabilised.

A spokesman for Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said it is working with Malaysian counterparts to identify any Singaporeans who may have been abusing drugs at the Kuala Lumpur festival.

"We will take action if they are found to have consumed controlled drugs," he said. Malaysian police arrested 29 people at the festival.

If convicted in Malaysia, Ng and Redzwan could face up to five years in jail and be fined up to RM100,000 (S$38,600).

Under Singapore's Misuse of Drugs Act, the CNB may subject anyone who enters Singapore to urine testing. Any Singapore citizen or permanent resident found to have consumed a controlled drug outside of Singapore may be dealt with as if the offence had been committed within the country.

If convicted, they could be dealt a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail and a $20,000 fine.

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