S'porean left with itchy rashes after music festival in Malaysia -- which he will attend again

2 December 2013 / 2 years 10 months ago

He travelled six hours by bus to Malaysia for good music and ended up with rashes.

According to a report in The New Paper, Singaporean Muhammad Nuri Khairul Anwar, 22, went to the annual Urbanscapes festival for the first time with two friends last weekend.

The event, which was held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps) in Serdang, Selangor, is popular with Singaporean indie music fans.

Urbanscapes started in 2002 and previous editions of the festival were held in different parts of Malaysia. The audience sat on the grass during the two-day event.

After returning home on Monday, Mr Nuri, who is serving his national service, had rashes on his arms which looked like that of chicken pox.

On Thursday, Urbanscapes organisers released a statement on its Facebook page saying that some concert-goers had reported having itchiness.

This was due to caterpillars at the concert grounds during the rainy season before the festival. It added that Maeps is an “... agricultural park that comes with the pluses and minuses (of)... Mother Nature”.

Mr Nuri said: “I almost thought that I had chickenpox again.” He said he and his friends did not feel any discomfort as they lounged on the grass during the event. The weather was sunny then and they did not see any caterpillars.

As the rashes were not serious, Mr Nuri did not see a doctor and only applied camomile lotion on the bumps, which disappeared by Wednesday.

He said: “An itch won’t stop me from going (to the event) again. What’s important is the line-up being offered.”

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