Patung Mohammad Husni Thamrin: A Remarkable Betawi Hero

The Statue of Mohammad Husni Thamrin (or populary known as MH Thamrin) is located on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta Pusat/Central Jakarta. This statue was made by sculptor Ketut Dinarta at cost of Rp 2 billion, donated by the donors and inaugurated on June 3, 2012 by Fauzi Bowo, Governor Jakarta. The statue was created to commemorate MH Thamrin, a prominent leader which consistenly demands of political reform in Indonesia. MH Thamrin is a figure that fight for the the interests of the Indonesian people in political forums, both nationally and internationally. According to the Head of Gardens and Cemetery Department-Jakarta, Catharina Suryowati, that 5-meter-tall statue has a meaning. Husni Thamrin figure standing gracefully, as people approached. Her left hand holds a roll of paper that symbolizes the ideas. While the open right hands that symbolizes the openness to the people. You can take picture here with M.H. Thamrin statue as the background. Even at night, it is still good to take picture

History M.H. Thamrin

MH Thamrin was born February 16, 1894, Sawah Besar, Weltevreden area, Jakarta Pusat/Central Jakarta. He was renowned politicians in the Dutch East Indies era. In addition to political figures, Thamrin also one of the key figures in the Dutch East Indies football world as he had donated 2000 guilders in 1932 to establish a special football field for the indigenous people of the Dutch East Indies in Petojo.

At the age of 25 years, Thamrin elected as a member Gemeenteraad (Municipal Council) of Batavia. On January 1, 1929 Thamrin founded the Society of The Betawi. The mission of this organization was to fight for the interests of the Betawi people in various fields. Therefore, Thamrin had propose the Dutch colonial government to build a clean water supply for drinking. The proposal was approved, and government built a water channel Ciliwung Canal. Now the channel is known as water purification Pejompongan.

At age 33, May 16, 1927, He was appointed a member of Volksraad (House of Representatives). One of the struggles in the Volksraad, He was demanding the abolition of the implementation Peonale sanctie in Sumatra, a very miserable people. Finally Poenale Sanstie abolished. As a national movement activist, Thamrin donated his home in Gang Kenari (now museum M Husni Thamrin), as a meeting place for leaders of the national movement.

In 1938 he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Partai Indonesia Raya (Parindra). In 1939, he submitted a motion to the government, so that the term Indie Nederlands, Nederlands Indische, and Inlander, changed to Indonesia, Indonesisch, and Indonesians. The motion was rejected colonial government, although the majority member of the Volksraad agreed.

Because of his struggle, in January 6, 1941, Thamrin subject to detention. He was accused for being Japanese collaboration. His death was full of controversial political intrigue. According to official reports, he committed suicide, but there are allegations he was killed by prison officials. His body was buried in TPU Karet. At his funeral, more than 10000 mourners escorted the then marched demanding self-determination and independence from the Netherlands.

How to get here (see the route map):

From Juanda go to platform 2 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Manggarai and stop at Gondangdia station and take a 22 minutes walk to the Northwest

From Cikini go to platform 1 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Gondangdia station and take a 22 minutes walk to the Northwest

From Tanah Abang go to platform 3/5 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai and change your route in Manggarai and go to platform 3 to take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Gondangdia station and take a 22 minutes walk to the Northwest

From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai and change your route in Manggarai and go to platform 3 to take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stopat Gondangdia station and take a 22 minutes walk to the Northwest

see the link map or the map below

patung mh thamrin map

Reference

http://lembagakebudayaanbetawi.com/artikel/sejarah/tokoh/muhammad-husni-thamrin

http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Husni_Thamrin

http://www.jakarta.go.id/jakv1/encyclopedia/detail/953

http://news.detik.com/read/2012/06/03/091943/1931326/10/foke-resmikan-patung-husni-thamrin-seharga-rp-2-miliar

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