15 die, 33 warded after consuming alcohol

Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor says police are conducting checks at shops. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: Up to 15 men have died and 33 more have been hospitalised since yesterday from suspected poisoning after having consumed alcoholic drinks in several areas in the Klang Valley, the police said.

Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said the victims that died comprised Malaysians as well as foreign nationals.

It was believed that they had consumed two types of whisky and a type of beer, he said in a statement.

Seven of the men died during treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, four at the Kajang Hospital and four at the Selayang Hospital, he said.

Fifteen are warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, another 15 at the Kajang Hospital and one each at the Selayang Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang and Shah Alam Hospital, Mazlan said.

“The first victim was a worker at a factory in Sungai Buloh. He died about 7pm yesterday. His employer lodged a police report on the death. The latest death was at about 5pm today, which took the death toll to 15,” he said.

Mazlan said the cases had been classified as sudden death pending a full report on the post-mortem.

“We have yet to get an official report on the deaths. However, a preliminary investigation found that all the victims had been hospitalised after having consumed alcoholic drinks.

“We are conducting checks at shops,” he said.