It may be reasonable to assume that an object can perform the function that it is expected to perform.
If the object is not expected to perform a certain function, then reasonable notice or warning must be given to potential users, whether authorised or not.
An example is the "this is not a safety barrier" warning commonly seen on barricades on the road.
Schools and the Ministry of Education are now implementing new guidelines for goalposts after the tragic death of 12-year-old Muhammad Hambali Sumathi (Schools to implement new goalpost guidelines; Sept 19).
Hambali had grabbed hold of the crossbar of a goalpost.
This is an act that is common among boys playing football. I did it myself many times during my school days.
Is the right thing being done now to prevent future misadventures?
The Education Ministry's response is reactive, rather than proactive.
A proactive response would be to ensure goalposts come with warnings to ensure students are aware of what they cannot do.
Tng Kim Bock