Citing concerns of potential drug abuse, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has dismissed the appeal from organisers of Future Music Festival (FMA) to allow them hold the festival in Singapore.
Livescape Singapore, the organiser appealed to Minister of Home Affairs on 3 March after the Singapore police rejected the applications twice. Livescape was informed of the decision today.
“The Minister for Home Affairs has carefully considered and turned down the appeal by Livescape Singapore to hold the FMFA 2015 in Singapore,” said MHA spokesperson.
Livescope has already sold 75% of the 20,000 tickets for the 2-day festival. But the Singapore police rejected their applications twice for a public entertainment licence, once in January, another in February. The police cited “serious concerns” over potential drug abuse at the event.
Six Malaysians died of drug overdose in the festival in 2014 when it was held in Kuala Lumpur. Another 16 were hospitalised for drug related reasons.
Several Singaporeans were also hospitalised after a suspected drug overdose last year, while two were later charged for drug offences in Kuala Lumpur.