Be warned, rivers and trees can sue — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

THE New Zealand Parliament has given its Whanganui river a legal personality. This means it is recognised in law as having the same rights as a natural person; innovative as this may sound, the concept is nothing new.

After all companies are not natural persons. Yet, they have long since been given the rights and obligations of natural persons. And through their directors – the “eyes and ears” of the corporation – they can sue and be sued in court. Indeed, the NZ spokesperson said that the river will be treated “in the same way a company is”.

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PwC survey shows KL behind on social security, urban sustainability

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysia's capital could improve on health, safety and security issues as well as the ability to deal with natural disasters. ― Malay Mail pic

Malaysia’s capital could improve on health, safety and security issues as well as the ability to deal with natural disasters. ― Malay Mail pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — While ranking in the world top 10 on affordability and business opportunities, Malaysia’s capital could improve on health, safety and security issues as well as the ability to deal with natural disasters to be on par with Singapore and Hong Kong.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cities of Opportunity Index — a benchmarking study of 30 leading global cities — placed Kuala Lumpur in 25th spot out of 30 cities in two categories: “health, safety and security” as well as “sustainability and natural environment”.

In the first category, Tokyo, Toronto and Sydney topped the list while Mumbai, Bogota and Laos occupied the last three spots.

Variables used to measure the health, safety and security indicator include road safety, health system performance, end-of-life care, crime, political environment and security and disease risks.

“The new security and disease risk variable measures the potential effect of nine possible threats — terrorism, cyber attack, market crash, nuclear accident, sovereign default, power outage, oil price shock, human pandemic, and plant pandemic—on a city’s economic output,” the report said. Read more