Better safety standards needed at commercial, public areas

I would like to call on the relevant parties including regulators to review the safety standards at commercial and public areas in the country.

Some areas I have been to lack safety standards.

These include:

Buildings lacking proper steps or ramps where there is a big difference in height between the building and road level. I have seen people with mobility problems struggling to get up on the building’s pathway because of this.

Drains are also uncovered or had some parts missing. This can be dangerous to pedestrians and I myself have fallen into a drain outside a department store at night due to missing drain covers coupled with insufficient lighting.

Lighting in parking areas are also faulty.

The writer believes that safety standards at commercial and public areas in the country needs to be reviewed. Some areas lack proper steps or ramps where there is a big difference in height between the building and road level. Photo provided by the writer shows one such area

Obviously, those were part of the initial building plan but were not maintained.

Some areas also have uneven floor levels in and outside buildings which can cause people to trip.

There are more examples.

My question is, who is responsible for the safety of the public at these places?

Does the responsibility lie with the building owners, the tenants, the authorities responsible for approving building plans, the authorities responsible for ensuring adherence to such regulations, or the individuals themselves?

A victim can sue those responsible if he/she has been injured due to the negligence of the party responsible but that is usually the last course of action anyone would want to take.

Let us not wait for a major legal action to take place before we open our eyes. Lets be proactive and make Brunei safe for everyone.

Safety Concerned, Bandar Seri Begawan