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FMFA permit rejected twice in Singapore due to drug concerns

The highly anticipated electronic dance music festival, Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) which is set to take place in Singapore for the very first time next week, may not happen at all as their license for the show has been denied by the local police, not just once, but twice!

According to Channel News Asia, the organiser of FMFA, Malaysian based Livescape Asia who had already sold over 15,000 out of the 20,000 tickets for the two-day festival, had applied the permit for the event back in January and again last month, but they were rejected both times because of the drug abuse incident at last year’s event in Malaysia where 6 people died.

As their next plan of action, Livescape has submitted an appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs on 3 March 2015.

Iqbal Ameer, co-founder of Livescape said that if the appeal is turned down, the performers shall perform at different venues across the island, and tickets will be refunded for those who want their money back.

In light of the news, some social media users have voiced out as to why the organisers had sold so many tickets and promoted the event extensively without even securing a permit.

Mr Samuel Seow, a lawyer acting on behalf of Livescape explained that the reason Livescape had the confidence to do so is because they had support from the government agencies.

Mr Seow also added that it is “rather unreasonable” to assume that bad history will repeat itself because Singapore is famous for its anti-drug stance, “We don’t believe just because something has happened in Malaysia, it will definitely happened here. The new security measures are tighter than anything.”

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