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New type of meth drug caused 6 deaths at M'sian music festival
Publication Date : 19-03-2014
The six people who died of drug overdose at the Future Music Festival Asia 2014 (FMFA) were found to have consumed a new type of methamphetamine.
Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police investigations revealed the drug was not available in Malaysia, and was believed to have been smuggled from neighbouring countries.
"From initial investigations, the drugs consumed by the concert-goers had the worst effect. We are focusing our investigations at how these drugs were brought in," he said at a programme hosted by the National Anti-Drugs Agency on Tuesday night.
The six who died from drug overdose were Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, 22, Victor Wong E Hern, 26, Sabreena Kamaruddin, 21, M. Suresh, 28, Syazana Sohaimie, 23, and Nor Faizza Mohd Wazir, 27.
Ahmad Zahid said that police would work closely with local authorities and concert organisers to ensure their programmes were free of drugs and alcohol.
"Monitoring concerts is not under the jurisdiction of the police, but we will work closely with organisers to avoid such an incident from recurring," he added.
He said one of the conditions stipulated for organising concerts were to ensure no illegal substances were available throughout the event.
"Organisers must be more diligent. They must ensure concertgoers do not bring drugs or alcohol to the show," he said.
Over in Kajang, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government was prepared to review the permit for the live music event, Life-in-Color, scheduled for April 19, following the six deaths at the FMFA.
Khairy said this was to avoid any untoward incidents of drugs and narcotics abuse.
"Due to the death of a few individuals during the FMFA, it is proper for the Government to review the approved permits," he told reporters on Tuesday.
Khairy said that he would bring up the matter with the Cabinet for discussion before making any decision.
"I was informed that the Life-in-Color music event has the same genre with FMFA, and can be considered as high-risk," he said.