A video posted on Instagram shows a father standing on a bridge in a harness as he prepares to jump. He is holding a little girl in his arms, and the child has her arms wrapped around his neck and is strapped to his chest. After a three-count, the pair are pulled backward, plummeting 196 feet into the gorge below.
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The controversial footage – featuring 30-year-old Redha Rozlan, the 2014 Fear Factor Malaysia champion, and his daughter – was posted on the Rentas Adventures Instagram page. According to a report by Unilad, it shows the pair on a bridge in Kuala Kubu Bharu, where a popular bungee jump-like attraction is located.
“Every girl may not be queen to her husband,” says the post’s caption, “but she is always a princess to her father.. A daughter’s first love, a son’s first superhero.”
Many who viewed the video were horrified at the idea that a toddler – whose name is Mecca Mikaela – took part in the dangerous activity.
“It’s just so brutally irresponsible,” wrote one commenter. “I think the man or rather father should be punished for this… it’s a dangerous sport and on what earth the 2 year old can [sic] tell if it’s good for her… pathetic of him even showing it off as a trophy… shame in [sic] them all.”
“Reckless child endangerment,” wrote another. “I hope all is [sic] charged. The dad is all geared up, child is not. Unreal! Hope the company in [sic] shut down. And father is charged.”
In response to the backlash, Rozlan tried to insist that the girl wanted to jump and that she had a good time.
“Chill guys, Mecca Mikaela was the one who wanted to do the jump with me. There was no forcing,” he said. “She enjoyed her first jump and requested to do it again, but I was afraid. She was also wearing complete safety harness and gear.”
It isn’t clear whether Rozlan or the company that operates the attraction will face charges, but it is possible their actions could be considered child endangerment under Malaysian law.