KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — An entertainment association here today demanded the police reveal their investigation results into the deaths of six participants at last year’s Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) here after news broke today that they died of heatstroke complications.
In a statement, Arts, Live, International Festivals and Events (ALIFE) said FMFA has become a scapegoat for the decline of live events in Malaysia after the public was led to believe that drug overdose was the “decisive factor” in the deaths of the six people.
“Shows with EDM (Electronic Dance Music) elements have been rejected by authorities for fear of similar drug related deaths recurring,” ALIFE said.
“With the latest discovery and in the interest of full transparency, we call on the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to first and foremost make public the investigation reports on FMFA 2014, information which till this day, is only privy to only the PDRM,” the group said.
Earlier today, The Star daily reported a forensic pathologist involved in the case saying that two out of the 16 revellers brought to hospital in critical condition did not even have any trace of illegal substance.
University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) forensic pathology department head Prof Dr K. Nadesan was quoted as saying that police made statements without proper scientific reasons, which is not the right way.
“The autopsy and clinical findings were not on par with drug overdose. The police had no grounds to say it was. It was a wrong assumption,” Dr K. Nadesan told The Star.
In March last year, three women were among six people, who died from drug intake after they suffocated while attending the Future Music Festival Asia concert at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Singapore also cancelled the event, which was due to take place at the Changi Exhibition Centre on March 13 and 14 this year.