Chandran, an ex-Japanese Death Railway Camp worker in Thailand, meanwhile hopes to join his wife and kids in Singapore. He has hijacked a Japanese lorry to return to the Taylor rubber estate where he was formerly employed. He packs his important documents from the estate into gunny sacks and loads them onto his bullock cart; his prized possessions as they contain the medical records and deaths of the estate workers. His design is to turn over the records to the British in Singapore to be historically preserved.
The drama concludes on a tragic note – the sound and headlights of an approaching Japanese lorry, before gunfire erupts and Fook Leong falls down dead on the cart.
The play composed by Kannan Menon was staged for the first time in Malaysia by theatre group Cape Poetics as part of the Art International Penang festival to commemorate the first anniversary of George Town’s listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The theatre performance directed by Jayaram Menon follows a highly successful off-Broadway staging of the play in New York in January 2003.
About 200 people attended the performance at WOU – among them were WOU Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan and Puan Sri Sue, Penang Heritage Trust president Dr Choong Sim Poey and playwright Kannan Menon.