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In the above picture, Redha Rozlan is seen jumping backwards off a bridge with his daughter in his arms

A disturbing and alarming video has been circulating all over the Internet this week. The short viral video was posted by a Malaysian adventure company, showing a dad performing a dangerous bungee jumping stunt with his young toddler clutched tightly in his embrace.

 

Obviously and expectedly, the video pissed many people off and sparked a large furore. Many expressed shock and disbelief that the dad had the guts to put his little daughter’s life in danger just for a quick thrill.

 

The female toddler, who was identified by news.com.au as 2-year-old Mecca Mikaela, did not seem distraught. In the video, Rozlan can be seen patting his daughter’s back in comfort as the instructor begins the “Three … Two … One” countdown.

The two then fell backwards into the gorge that is 196 feet above ground.

While little Mecca was not seen to be struggling or pulling back as her father took the plunge, commenters claimed that she looked petrified.

In the above footage, Redha Rozlan, a Malaysian reality star, is shown standing on a bridge in Kuala Kuba Bharu.

While Mikaela’s father argues she was wearing a safety harness and correct “gear,” she was shown partaking the jump without a helmet.

Rozlan, who was the first Malaysian contestant to appear on TV series Vietnam Ninja Warrior, also said Mecca was wearing “complete safety harness and gear” during the stunt.

However, the video clearly depicts she was not wearing a helmet, while her father was.

The adventure company, Rentas Adventures, also shared a video with the caption, “Every girl may not be queen to her husband, but she is always a princess to her father.”

Rentas Adventures, the group who organised the rope swing jump, also shared the video of Rozlan’s rope swing with Mecca on its Instagram page.

“Every girl may not be queen to her husband, but she is always a princess to her father,” the caption reads.

 

According to The Mirror, the rope swing operator said the safety equipment used was inspected by staff before Rozlan’s stunt.

 

Reactions on the video has been largely negative and drew flak, with many stating the man was reckless to endanger the safety of a child.

“Whiplash, shaken baby syndrome, lung collapse, emotional distress and so many other things can occur AFTER this selfish, ridiculous act,” commented one person.

 

“Why the f— would you risk your child this way?!” chimed another.

“Poor child – she had no say,” wrote another disgusted Instagrammer.

Some also raised concerns about the child’s physical safety, and wondered if the bungee jump could have an emotional toll on her.

Others jumped on Rentas Adventures for allowing Rozlan to bungee jump with a child in the first place.

However, a quick check on the adventure company’s Instagram account revealed that this is not the first time they’ve allowed something like this to happen.

A video previously posted on the page depicts another man undertaking the same stunt with a young child strapped to his back.

Of course, there was also people who stood up for him.

In response to a torrent of negative backlash, Rozlan took to social media to defend his the jump with his daughter.

“Chill guys,” Rozlan wrote, claiming his daughter had a safety harness. “Don’t try with your kids if your kids (are) not ready for this.”

The reality television star said Mikaela was not forced at gun point to participate and she enjoyed it and wanted to do it again.

While Rozlan might not think they was anything wrong with his actions, he could have been charged with endangering the child’s life.

The parents were risking their daughter’s life, say experts 

The daily reported that “According to the lawyer, the parents, as well as any parties involved in having the child participate in such dangerous activities, can be prosecuted for allegedly ‘putting the child in a dangerous situation that may cause physical or emotional injury to them.’”

“Rope spring jump is an extreme sport and dangerous, and there is a high likelihood of the motions in such an activity causing physical injury to her,” child rights lawyer Goh Siu Lin told Free Malaysia Today.

 

The child’s parents had “lacked proper parental judgment” by letting her complete such an act.

“I have never heard of any child of that age being allowed to participate in such extreme sports,” she added.

 

Free Malaysia Today reports that the man and company can be charged for endangering the youngster’s life.

Human rights lawyer Andrew Khoo said: “Yes, action can be taken under the Child Act. This clearly breached safety requirements, too.”

“The company operating the rope spring jump was also negligent for not preventing the parent from having the child tag along,” he said, in response to the 15-second video clip that has since gone viral.

Even with his clarification, many parents raised vital questions about bungee jumping risks. Some even noted that even though Rozlan claimed that his daughter was well-protected, she was not wearing a safety helmet.

The bungee jump operators claimed she was protected nonetheless.

Mohd Shafiq Azmi, operator at Rentas Adventures, the group that organised the jump, told the Mirror, “The equipment is inspected by our staff before someone does the jump, which is from a height of 197 feet.”

“I understand that safety is a concern as this activity is the first of its kind in Malaysia. We adhere to safety requirements especially in the equipment used such as the safety ropes by engaging qualified services providers,” he noted.

Despite all these clarifications and explanations, child’s rights activists are firm and stand their group, insisting that Rozlan’s act was reckless and lacked judgement.

While it remains to be seen whether Rozlan and the operators will be prosecuted, one thing is clear — children should be kept away from extreme sports.

Safety measures for extreme sports (source)

Even if their kids want to try something new, parents must keep some key safety factors in mind.

  • Gather information. Parents must gather all information about the sport including its dangers and consequences, then share the same information with their kids.
  • Speak to the operators. They should also discuss the same with operators and check the safety regulations before letting the kids attempt anything extreme.
  • Your own safety gear. If you feel that the sport is too extreme, you can provide your kids with your own safety gear and instructions. Share the same with the operators as well.
  • Are they prepared? Ask them if they are mentally prepared and excited about the sport they are about to attempt. Maybe they are doing it under peer pressure. If so, you can counsel your kids to guide them in the proper direction.

 

 

 

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