Physical transformation can turn anyone into a sensation. A man from Sabah has gone viral after netizens compared his new appearance to the Prince of Brunei, Abdul Mateen. A TikTok video – comparing the man’s physical change from back when he was overweight to his present looks – was uploaded by his friend, user @fredygman89, on the 16th of June (Thursday).
The man, Jordan Wayne Felix, appeared out of breath in the video while hiking a mountain in Penampang, Sabah, in December 2020. The video then transitioned to current photos of the 24-year-old presenting himself on a decorated horse. The video since then has reached 138.5k views and more than 15k likes at the time of writing.
Jordan’s glow-up received amass compliments from netizens alongside being compared to Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei. “My friend shot the (old) video while we were hiking up a mountain. He is a vlogger, so he shoots content for his YouTube channel”, he told mStar.
He commented on the horseback pictures, which he explained it was for a competition held in Kota Belud to promote cultural tourism. “People keep saying my face resembles Prince Mateen, but I don’t feel that way at all.” Jordan also participated in the Mister Kaamatan Papar 2022 event. “You only live once, so why don’t we take this chance and do what’s best for us. Even I didn’t think I could come this far”, he advised those who wish to lead a better life for themselves.
The Kadazan-Dusun man added that his transfiguration did not come to him easily, and that he had to endure people calling him ‘fatty’ and “gompusas” (glutton). Disclosing his routine to his new physique, he said, “I just want to practice a healthy lifestyle. After September 2021, I started working out and persevered until today. The feeling of giving up never occurred to me because if we want to go for our goals, there is no excuse to reach for it.”
While netizens agree with the resemblance between Jordan and Prince Mateen, there are other Malaysians who have been compared to the hunky royal as well, such as Puteri Aishah’s husband and Malaysian badminton athlete Nur Izzudin Mohd Rumsani.
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.