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“When the team arrived at the scene, they found two bodies lying on the floor. Investigations found no criminal element involved in the case.” Courtesy photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Two female senior citizens were found dead, believed to be due to breathing difficulties, while waiting for their turn to get free food coupons at ICC Pudu at noon today.

The deceased had been identified as Ah Poh, 85, and Law Ion Nang, 78.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharuddin Abdullah said police received information at 12.04pm that six senior citizens had fainted at ICC Pudu in Jalan Kijang.

“When the team arrived at the scene, they found two bodies lying on the floor. Investigations found no criminal element involved in the case,” he said in a statement today.

Shaharuddin said initial investigation found that ICC Pudu operator and hawker union was distributing free food coupons to senior citizens between 11am and 1pm.

“The coupon can be used at the same place on Feb 11 to get free food. The organiser only allocated 200 coupons but more than 1,000 flooded the venue.

“The victims were believed to have died of suffocation while waiting for their turn to get the coupons,” he said.

He added that the bodies were taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem.

Police had classified the case as sudden death.

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