Every country has its great men and women who are remembered for what they had done for their country. One of the Indonesia’s great men is Dr. Mohammad Hatta. He was a man with a deep love of his country and people. Dr. Mohammad Hatta was born in Bukittinggi on August 12, 1902. While still in junior high school in Bukittinggi he became interested in politics and joined the League of Young Sumatrans.
He left Bukittinggi to study in Batavia. Then he went to the Netherlands. He studied economics and gained a doctorate degree there. During his stay there he was active in the Nationalist Movement. Because of his activities, he was arrested.
In 1932 Hatta returned to Indonesia. He joined a political organization called “Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia.” One of its goal was to develop political awareness among the Indonesian people. His activities again led to his arrest. The colonial government exiled him to Boven Digul, and later to Banda Neira. Shortly before the Japanese invasion he was brought back to Java.
When the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, Soekarno and Hatta proclaimed the Indonesia’s independence. Hatta became the first vice president of the Republic of Indonesia.
In 1956 Hatta resigned as vice president and devoted himself to writing. On March 14, 1981 Dr. Mohammad Hatta passed away in Jakarta.
Although he is no longer living among us, the spirit of loving the country and nation he had displayed is one of the reasons why he is well-remembered.