My old schoolmate, Hua Keong, sent me the link to this timely youtube video. The berry is Jo Kukathas and I remember there is a connection between Jo and Teluk Intan, our hometown.
Jo Kukathas is one of Malaysia’s most enduring and versatile performers. She is a writer and director of countless Instant Café Theatre Company (ICT )comedy revues as well as other diverse works for ICT including The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Oleanna, Lest the Demons Get to Me, The Lesson, Flies and Foreigners, Breaking/Ka Si Pe Cah - Silence Please.
She is hailed as one of the best “schizos” in town by Zainal Alam Kadir for her superb performance in “From Table Mountain to Teluk Intan”, a one-person play written by South African born Shahimah Idris.
“From Table Mountain to Teluk Intan” tells the story of Alia, a mixed race girl from Apartheid South Africa, who emigrates to Australia, meets and marries a Malaysian man and subsequently moves with him (and their two children) to Malaysia. It's out of the kettle and into the fire as she must endure the shaky race relations of her husband's native land. Much of the story is based on Shaimah’s personal experience. Brutally stabbed in (yet another Malaysian) basement carpark horror, Alia (and her) is crippled though, with the support of friends, resolved to walk again.