HISTORY OF REDEEMS BAMBOO PARK
1.0 HOW STARTED
Redeems Bamboo Park was established in the year 2006 out of an idle nature reserve used during the headhunting days to carry out rituals to appease the spirit of the skull captured during the headhunting days by the Singai people. The rituals also was said to be including an enacting of head hunting event whereby the mock boats of the enemies were floated down the river and the warriors waited down river to spear the boats and sink them when the boat passed by.
This ritual is called “Katang” in Bidayuh and is done also to seek protection of their villages from evil spirits and to prevent untowards happenings to their villages. Normally the ritual was done yearly and the local community believe it involves lots of spirits and very sacred and the Katang site very haunted. Due to this, the Rajah Brook government in the 1800s created this special community reserve (Obut Pikatang) so that the community would not create too many sacred and haunted sites.
Thus, Obut Pikatang is believed to be full of spirits, haunted and well avoided by the local community that the reserve remained with virgin jungle until today and was left idle since the head hunting days died out towards the end of 1800s and Katang was stopped by early 1900s. Thus, rather than leaving the Obut Pikatang idle, not taken care of, and slowly spoilt by human intervention, Redeems get permission from the spirit to turn the reserve into a Bamboo Botanical Park to turn it into modern uses still relevant to the life of the local community yet would also be turned into modern enterprise based on Bamboo which has so many uses in the modern world too.
3.0 GROUND RULES
Thus, as this Obut Pikatang is a sacred ground and full of spirits of the ancestors of the Bidayuh people, strict rules are to be followed when entering and enjoying this nature reserve as follows:-
First give respect by asking permission in your heart to enter this reserve. For example, just say this “I hereby seek permission to enter and appreciate this place with mutual respect, peace and quiet.”
When in this park, observe strictly this ground rules:-
TAKE NOTHING EXCEPT PHOTOGRAPHS
LEAVE NOTHING (RUBBISH) EXCEPT YOUR FOOTPRINTS
ALWAYS OBSERVE PEACE, QUIET AND RESPECT
4.0 DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT OF REDEEMS BAMBOO PARK
Put idle land into good purpose for modern but still retain the primitive jungle, cultural elements, heritage preservation.
Work with Chinese Hopoh Association to put up Chinese Bamboo Garden and tap the advanced Bamboo Development Industry in China.
Prepared to work with any interested group to advances the bamboo
To use as temporary site for Seed Bank Project until more sites are make available around Mount Singai.