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    Mar 20, 2014

    Two S'pore men facing drug charges in KL court

    TWO Singaporean men face drug charges in a Malaysian court after attending the Future Music Festival Asia in Kuala Lumpur where six revellers died from overdoses on Saturday.

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

    The two men, both 27, are claiming trial. They were not among at least 15 festival-goers who collapsed and were hospitalised after alleged overdoses. Among them were 11 Singaporeans who are still being investigated.

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

    The CNB may subject anyone who enters Singapore to urine tests. Any Singapore citizen or permanent resident found to have consumed a controlled drug overseas may be dealt with as if the offence had been committed within the country. If convicted, they could be dealt up to 10 years' jail and a $20,000 fine.

    The music performance at which the drug incidents unfolded was called A State Of Trance. It travelled to Jakarta the next day as part of a tour of eight countries. Singaporean Chua Wen Hu, 26, collapsed during the Jakarta event and died. His death has also been classified as drugs-related.

    Jakarta police said that Mr Chua had consumed amphetamines and methamphetamines at a hotel before entering the concert venue. His body was flown back to Singapore on Sunday night.