Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, and it has attracted many hiking enthusiasts to come forward for a challenge every year. While climbing to the summit is not a hard climb, it is also by no means a walk in the park.
Recently, a Malaysian couple who challenged the mountain decided to bring along their 16-month-old child.
According to Harian Metro, the couple, 42-year-old Amizan Manis and his wife 33-year-old Melissa Sulaiman brought along their 16-month-old daughter Hana Sofea while climbing the tough terrains of Mount Kinabalu on 1 January.
When interviewed, Melissa shared that she and her husband had long planned for the climb before their toddler turns 1-year-old.
“The idea of bringing our daughter along for our Mount Kinabalu hike was from my husband. He owns a company that organises hiking trips there. He’s used to it. So, when we were blessed with our firstborn, he was very excited to bring her along with our hike,” she said.
Melissa also shared that their parents were against this idea, and they ended up delaying the plan until their daughter was 16 months old.
She added that before going for the expedition, they had sought advice from a doctor and informed the Sabah Kinabalu Park as well as the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia of their plan to climb Mount Kinabalu with their toddler.
In addition, they’ve also trained for the hike by bringing along their daughter to hike various hills in Kundasang almost every week.
According to Melissa, their 16-month-old daughter was health and doing good throughout the 2-day hike. They even stopped at every outpost during the climb to feed her. She only cried during the second day of the expedition when they stopped for a while when descending from the mountain’s peak.
She added that they even bring their daughter for a check-up right after they were back in town.
Netizens were not impressed by this
Meanwhile, netizens were unimpressed by their action, with many criticising the couple for being irresponsible and putting their daughter’s life at danger.
“Just because you have a child doesn’t mean you should do it. A baby’s tolerance level cannot be compared to adults,” a netizen said.
“Taking such risks is an irresponsible act,” another netizen said.
Nonetheless, Melissa also said they do not recommend parents bring their toddlers for such a difficult expedition, especially if they are not physically fit to do so. She stressed that parents need to be physically and mentally ready to bring their toddlers for such a climb.
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