KPS-HCM SDN BHD v. SHAHRUL IZEWAN MAT HUSIN & ORS  6 CLJ 772
HIGH COURT MALAYA, SHAH ALAM
ZALITA ZAIDAN JC
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: BA-12B-167-09-2016]
22 JANUARY 2018
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Maintenance and repair – Negligence – Tree branch fell and injuring road user – Whether local authority negligent – Road reserve bordering road – Whether State road – Duty to maintain trees along State road – Whether within purview of local authority – Whether local authority statutorily bound to ensure safety of road users – Whether negligent in failing to carry out regular inspection – Local Government Act 1976, s. 101 – National Land Code, ss. 42(b) & 62(1)
TORT: Negligence – Maintenance of tree – Tree branch fell and injuring road user – Whether local authority negligent – Road reserve bordering road – Whether State road – Duty to maintain trees along State road – Whether within purview of local authority – Whether local authority statutorily bound to ensure safety of road users – Whether negligent in failing to carry out regular inspection – Local Government Act 1976, s. 101 – National Land Code, ss. 42(b) & 62(1)
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