Many people consider that bungee jumping is an extreme activity that can be done easily. All they have to do is use the security accessories provided.
Redha Rozlan, a Malaysian reality star, knows it and he was shown wearing a helmet in an Instagram video uploaded by Rentas Adventures' account while he was bungee jumping from a bridge in Kuala Kubu Bharu.
What captured people's attention was something different, though. According to NY Post, Rozlan didn’t jump alone as he appeared holding his 2-year-old daughter and patting her back reassuringly right before a man yelled ‘three, two, one,’ and pulled them backwards off the bridge.
Mecca Mikaela, the child, instinctively clasped onto her father’s shoulders while they were rapidly dropping 196 feet into the gorge below. Rozlan later confessed that she was wearing a safety harness and the correct gear for the jump.
The truth is that Mikaela was shown doing the act without a helmet, which many people considered not to be the wisest thing to do to a 2-year-old girl.
After getting backlash from many, Rozlan explained that Mikaela was not coerced into jumping and that she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to do it again. He even wrote that people shouldn’t try that if their children are not ready for it.
Goh Siu Lin, a child rights lawyer, chimed in saying that both parents had ‘lacked proper parental judgment’ as such an act might cause physical injury to anyone who jumps, especially young children.
It was also explained by Human Rights lawyer Andrew Khoo that both the company that allowed it, Rentas Adventures, and Rozlan could be charged for endangering the child’s life as it breached safety requirements and was against the Child Act.
‘The company operating the rope spring jump was also negligent for not preventing the parent from having the child tag along.’
Andrew Khoo, NY Post, March 22, 2018.
Rentas Adventures previously posted a video showing another parent completing a similar jump with his child on his back. The child was not wearing a helmet either.