PETALING JAYA: The death toll due to suspected alcohol poisoning is now at 15, said Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor.
As of 6pm Tuesday (Sept 18), the Selangor police chief said 33 others are being warded in multiple hospitals in Klang Valley, as a result of suspected alcohol poisoning since Monday night (Sept 17).
It is learnt that based on accounts by the victims, they had consumed three brands of alcoholic beverages - Mandalay Whiskey, King Fisher Beer and Grand Royal Whiskey - while the drinks were purchased from multiple shops in Klang Valley.
A total of 22 victims were treated in Sungai Buloh, of which seven died, followed by five in Gombak (four died), 19 in Kajang (four died) while the remaining two victims were in Klang and Shah Alam respectively.
“The first victim was sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital at about 7pm on Monday.
“We are waiting for full post-mortem reports,” he said adding that, the case has been classified as sudden deaths.
So far 19 victims have been identified by nationality - two Malaysians, 15 Nepalese and two Bangladeshi nationals, Comm Mazlan added.
“The other victims were suffering from symptoms, including vomiting, similar to those who died.“They were treated at various hospitals, including Sungai Buloh Hospital, Banting Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital,” he said.