Bung Hatta Cybermuseum Exhibition”Autography and Biography of Hatta”(Koleksi Tanda Tangan dan biografi Bung Hatta)












The Driwan’s  Cybermuseum


(Museum Duniamaya Dr Iwan)

Showroom :

The Driwan’s 

Bung Hatta Cybermuseum


(Museum Dunia Maya Koleksi Bung Hatta) 

Museum Dunia Maya Pribadi Untuk Seluruh rakyat Indonesia

Frame One:

Bung Hatta’s Authography (Dr Iwan ‘s Collections )

1. 1967

The first attemp to find the Bung Hatta ‘s autography very scarce, in 1967 when he visit my home city Padang, I didnot succeed to find his authography when my friend Baidarsjah (his family) asking him to sign the First Cover Of 10 years Indonesia Independent he didnnot agreed.Later in 1989, I had seen his authography on that  FDC belonging of the grandchild of Bung Hatta Secretary Mr I.Wangsa Widjaja.

2. 1972

In this year during practise as senior Medical student clarkship(cooshap) at Facuolty of Medicine University Indonesia at Ciptomanungkusumo Hospital(RSCM), every morning before practise, I walk to Bung hatta House at Diponegoro street (Menteng) and seeking at Bung Hatta Garbage Box, and I found Bung Hatta authograph at the front cover of Germany Magazine and a cover of Jakarta Governor to Bung Hatta

.oh I am very happy,and made me more spirit to complete the Bung hatta Autograph.

3. 1989

During studying post graduate course(S2) Master Hospital Administration at Jakarta, I had much time to seeking more Bung Hatta related authography collection, and I had found Bung Hatta official picture,and The original Photography of Bung Hatta with his wife Rahmi Hatta and his elder daughter Meutia Hatta in 1949 the photo at Maguwo Jogya Airport when Bung Hatta Back from Round Table Confrence (Mrs Meutia hatta later beacame Menistry Of Women and Child protect(MENEG Peningkatan Peranan Wanita dan Perlindungan Anak) until 2010, I had ever meet her during Gemala Hatta’s son Athar Wedding ceremony at Diponegoro Street Menteng (Bung Hatta House), also I found many Bung Hatta Pictures and books which I will exhibition later.

4. 2009

Gemala Hatta send a card to my wife Lily Wijaya, we can see her authograph.


In this year I found a very rare about Bung Hatta’s selected writing ,issued by Mouton Publihser,the Hague,Paris,1972. In this rare book cointain a selected articles written by Bung Hatta, and The forward written by Delia Noer about the biography of Bung Hatta.In the front inside page there was the handsign of Bung Hatta.


In March. 2011, Mrs gemala Hatta send me a electronic letter via my wife, she write a correcion about Bung Hatta House at Diponegoro street Menteng and Vice President official Istana at medreka street ( Ihave add at the Introduction of Bung Hatta Cybermuseum Preface.

7. Please look at my Collections of Bung Hatta Autography

a. Bung Hatta ‘s official Picture

b.Bung Hatta autography(Tanda tangan Bung Hatta)

a) On the front of Germany Magazine(found in 1972)

b)on the front page of Book, Potrait of a Patriot selected writing by Mohamad Hatta,Mouton Publisher,the hugue,Paris,1972(found 2010)

c.Bung Hatta Handwritting to his secretary I.Wangsa Widjaja.(found 2010)

d.The picture of Mrs Hatta Rahmi and his elder Daughter at Jogya Maguwo airport when Bung hatta back from round Table Confrece den Haag Nederland  in 1949(found 1989)

d. The promotion label of Bung Hatta 100 year birthday anniversary postal History 2004

e.Bung Hatta daughter Gemala Hatta autography

a) Gemala hatta Card and autography (2009)

b) Gemala hatta electronic leter to Dr Iwan(2011)

I will add the new founding latter.

Frame Two :

Bung Hatta Biography

Mohammad Hatta

Mohammad Hatta
1st Vice President of Indonesia
In office
18 August 1945 – 1 December 1956
President Soekarno
Succeeded by Hamengkubuwono IX
(Position vacant from 1956 to 1973)
3rd Prime Minister of Indonesia
In office
29 January 1948 – 16 January 1950
President Sukarno
Preceded by Amir Sjarifoeddin
Succeeded by Abdul Halim
10th Foreign Minister of Indonesia
In office
20 December 1949 – 6 September 1950
Preceded by Agus Salim
Succeeded by Mohammad Roem

Born 12 August 1902(1902-08-12)[1]
Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Dutch East Indies
Died 14 March 1980(1980-03-14) (aged 77)[1]
Jakarta, Indonesia
  PNI (correction by Bung Hatta Daughter DR Gemala Hatta ,PNI means Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia not Partai Nasional Indonesia,Thanks Bu Gemala for the corrections)
Spouse(s) Rahmi Rachim
Religion Islam
Bung Hatta Family
Wife : Rahmi Hatta daughter: Muetia Hatta,Gemala Hatta and Halida Hatta
Family Picture

 Mohammad Hatta (help·info) (12 August 1902 – 14 March 1980) was born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He was Indonesia’s first vice president, later also serving as the country’s Prime Minister. Known as “The Proclamator”, he and a number of Indonesians, including the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno, fought for the independence of Indonesia from the Dutch. Despite his efforts to gain Indonesian independence, he studied in the Netherlands from 1921 until 1932. Moreover, since his early education, he studied in Dutch schools in Indonesia.

Mohammad Hatta is often remembered as Bung Hatta (‘Bung’ is an affectionate title used to address colleagues, popular in the early 1900s and is still used by Indonesians).

 Early life

Hatta was born in Bukittinggi on 12 August 1902 into a prominent and strongly Islamic family. His grandfather was a respected ulema in Batuhampar, near Payakumbuh. His father, Haji Mohammad Djamil, died when he was eight months old and he was left with his six sisters and his mother. As in the matrilineal society of Minangkabau tradition, he was then raised in his mother’s family. His mother’s family was wealthy, and Hatta was able to study Dutch as well as finishing Qur’an after school.[2]

He went to the Dutch language elementary school (ELS or Europeesche Lagere School) in Padang from 1913 to 1916 after he had finished Sekolah Melayu (‘Malay School’) in Bukittinggi. When he was thirteen, he passed an exam that entitled him to enroll in the Dutch secondary school (HBS or Hogere burgerschool) in Batavia (now Jakarta). However his mother asked him to stay in Padang because he was still too young to go to the capital alone. Hatta then entered junior secondary school or MULO (Meer Uitgebreid Lager Onderwijs).

During his spare time, he worked part time in a post office. Normally, MULO students were not allowed to work, but he was able to work there because of the HBS exam qualification.[2] Hatta was interested in football; he joined his school’s football team and was made its chairman. He broadened his sphere of contacts by using his position.

Hatta used to visit the office of the Sarikat Usaha (United Endeavor), led by Taher Marah Soetan. In the office, he read Dutch newspapers, particularly about political debates in the Volksraad (parliament) of the Dutch East Indies. It was at the age of sixteen that Hatta began to be interested in politics and national movements. He was chosen the treasurer of the branch of the Jong Sumatranen Bond (or youth association of Sumatra), which was first established in Padang in 1918.[2]

Mohammad Hatta was born on August 12, 1902 in London. In this beautiful little town of Bung Hatta mother was raised in a family environment. His father, Haji Mohammad Djamil, died when eight months old Hatta. From his mother, Hatta had six sisters. He was the son the only one. Since sitting MULO in the city of Padang, he has been interested in the movement. Since 1916, youth associations arise as Jong Java, Jong Sumatranen Bond, Jong Minahasa. and Jong Ambon. Hatta enter into associations Jong Sumatranen Bond.

 As treasurer Jong Sumatranen Bond, he realized the importance of financial sense for his club. But the financial resources of both membership dues and donations from outside only if its members may well have a sense of responsibility and discipline. Sense of responsibility and discipline further characterize the properties of Mohammad Hatta. In 1921 Hatta arrived in the Netherlands to study at Handels Hoge School in Rotterdam. He is registered as a member of the Indische Vereniging. In 1922, the association changed its name to Indonesische Vereniging.Association who refused to cooperate with the Dutch and then renamed again to the Association of Indonesia (PI).


 Hatta also arranged for association magazines, Poetra Indies, appeared regularly as the basis of binding among members. In 1924 the magazine changed its name to Indonesia Merdeka. Hatta pass the exam Handels Economie (economy trade) in 1923. At first he intended doctoral exams in economic science at the end of 1925. Therefore in 1924 he was inactive in the PI. But when it opened a new department, which is state law and administrative law. Hatta also entered the department was encouraged by the great interest in politics.

 Extension of their study plan that allows Hatta was elected Chairman of the PI on January 17, 1926. On that occasion, she said her inauguration speech, entitled “Wereldbouw Economische en Machtstegenstellingen” – World Economic Structure and the Conflicts of power. He tried to analyze the structure of world economy and based on it, pointing to a non-cooperative foundation of wisdom.

From 1926 to 1930, respectively Hatta was elected Chairman of the PI. Under his leadership, the PI developed from sororities used to be the political organizations that influence the course of popular politics in Indonesia. So finally recognized by the National Political Association Pemufakatan Indonesia (GN) PI as outposts of the national movement in Europe. PI propaganda active outside the Netherlands. Almost every international congress in Europe entered, and received this association. During that time, almost always Hatta himself who led the delegation. In 1926, with the aim of introducing the name “Indonesia”, Hatta led a delegation to the Democratic Congress for Peace International in Bierville, France. Without much opposition, “Indonesia” was officially recognized by congress. The name “Indonesia” to mention the Dutch East Indies when it was actually known among international organizations.


Hatta and the Indonesian nationalist movement had significant experience in the League Against Imperialism and Colonial Oppression, an international congress held in Brussels on 10-15 February 1927. At this congress Hatta acquainted with the movement of labor leaders like G. Ledebour and Edo Fimmen, as well as figures who later became statesmen in Asia and Africa such as Jawaharlal Nehru (India), Hafiz Ramadan Bey (Egypt), and Senghor (Africa). His personal friendship with Nehru started since then. In 1927 also, Hatta and Nehru was invited to give lectures for “Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom” in Gland, Switzerland. Hatta lecture title L’Indonesie et son probleme de I ‘Independence (Indonesia and the Problems of Independence).


Together with St. Nazir. Pamontjak, Sastroamidjojo Ali, and Abdul Madjid Djojoadiningrat, Hatta was jailed for five and a half months. On March 22, 1928, the tribunal in The Hague to free his fourth of all charges. In a historic session, Hatta argued that amazing defense speech, later published as a pamphlet with the name “Indonesia Vrij”, and then translated into Indonesian as a book with the title of an independent Indonesia. Between the years 1930-1931, Hatta concentrate on his studies and writing essays for the magazine Daulat Rajat and sometimes De Socialist. He plans to finish his studies in mid-1932.

In July 1932, Hatta was successfully completed his studies in the Netherlands and a month later he arrived in Jakarta. Between late 1932 and 1933, Hatta main preoccupation was to write a variety of political and economic articles for the Rule of the people and perform a variety of political activities, especially education of political cadres in the Party of National Education of Indonesia. The principle of non-cooperation is always emphasized to his cadres. Hatta harsh reaction against Sukarno attitude with respect to the holder by the Dutch colonial government, which ends with the disposal of Sukarno to Ende, Flores, seen in his writings on the Rule of the People, titled “Sukarno Arrested” (10 August 1933), “The Tragedy of Sukarno” (November 30, 1933), and “Attitude Leaders” (December 10, 1933).


Time in the Netherlands

In 1919, Hatta finally went to the HBS in Batavia at Prince Hendriks School. He completed his study with distinction in 1921,[2] and was allowed to continue to study at the Rotterdam School of Commerce in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He took economics as his major and earned a doctorandus degree in 1932. The degree entitled him to follow a doctorate program. He then continued to pursue the doctorate degree, and completed all requirements to be awarded it, but he never finished his thesis. Politics had taken over Hatta’s life.

In the Netherlands, Hatta joined the Indische Vereniging (or the Netherlands Indies Union). In 1922, the organization changed its name to Indonesische Vereniging and later to the Perhimpunan Indonesia (the same meaning but in Indonesian).[3] Hatta was the treasurer (1922—1925), and then the chairman (1926—1930).[2] On his inauguration, Hatta delivered a speech with the title of “The Structure of the Global Economy and the Conflict of Power”, in which he supported the idea of Indonesian non-cooperation with the Dutch colonial government in order to gain its independence. Perhimpunan Indonesia then changed from being a from student organization into a political organization and had an unequivocal demand for Indonesia’s independence. It expressed its voice through the a magazine called Indonesia Merdeka (or Free Indonesia) of which Hatta was the editor.

To gain more support from other nations, Hatta attended congresses all over Europe, always as the chairman of the Indonesian delegation. In 1926, Hatta and Perhimpunan Indonesia joined the International Democratic Congress for Peace in Bierville, France. In February 1927, Hatta went to Brussels to attend a congress held by the League Against Imperialism and Colonial Oppression.[4] He met many other prominent nationalists there, including Jawaharlal Nehru from India, Hafiz Ramadan Bey from Egypt and Lamine Senghor from Africa. Later in the year, Hatta attended another congress held by the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom in Switzerland. On that occasion, Hatta delivered a speech with the title of “Indonesia and the Matter of Independence”.

By the middle of 1927, Perhimpunan Indonesia’s activities had alarmed the Dutch authorities.[4] In June 1927, Dutch authorities raided the residence of the organization’s leaders, searching through their rooms and putting Hatta and other four other Indonesian activists behind bars.[4] After spending nearly six months in prison, they were taken to trial in the Hague. They were permitted to explain themselves during the hearing, and Hatta took to the opportunity to explain Indonesia’s nationalist cause. He made a speech to the court explaining that Indonesia’s interests were in conflict with those of the Dutch, and that was why they could not cooperate. Hatta advocated cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands, but only if Indonesia was independent and treated as an equal partner, not unequally because of its status as a colony. The speech became famous and it is known as the Indonesia Vrij or Free Indonesia speech.[4]

In 1929, Hatta and other Perhimpunan Indonesia activists were released. They then joined forces with the Indonesian-based nationalist,

 Sukarno and his Indonesian National Party (PNI).[clarification needed]Due to the Information of Bung Hatta daughter DR Gemala Hatta , Bung Hatta never join Partai nasional Indonesia, he built PNI Pendidikan nasional Indonesia.  

Together, Hatta and Sukarno set up a cadre school to train people with nationalistic interests Due to Bung Hatta  daughter DR Gemala Hatta information,Bung Hatta never join Partai national and never train cadre in Indonesia  .[clarification needed]

In the school, potential cadres were trained in economics, the history of the nationalist movement and in the government administration.

In July 1932, Hatta made his way home to Indonesia.[4]

 Independence struggle

Struggle against Dutch colonial rule

Hatta returned home to an Indonesia whose nationalist momentum had been slowed down by the arrest and imprisonment of Sukarno. By the time Hatta had returned, most of the members of Sukarno’s PNI had joined the Indonesian Party (Partindo) and more radical PNI members, together with the Dutch-educated Sutan Syahrir had banded together to form the New PNI. Although the initials were the same, the PNI in this case stood for the Indonesian National Education, in indonesian languangue means Pendidikan Nasional indonesia not Partai Nasional Indonesia  , indicating that it would focus on cadre training. In August 1932, after returning from the Netherlands, Hatta became the Chairman of the New PNI(Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia).

In December 1932, Sukarno was finally released from prison and the attention now turned to which party Sukarno would choose. Sukarno, who had wanted one united front to gain Indonesia’s independence was uncertain, thinking that in choosing one over the other, he would encourage division. In this, he was criticized by Hatta, who was more pragmatic about differences, in this case the conflict between Partindo’s radical and mass party approach versus the New PNI’s moderate and cadre party approach. Sukarno insisted on negotiations to unify Partindo and New PNI (Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia)but after failing, chose to join Partindo.(thank you DR Gemala Hatta for your information that the new PNI means Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia, not same with PNI(Partai Nasional Indonesia) Bung Karno.

Between 1932 and 1933, Hatta wrote articles on politics and economics for the New PNI’s newspaper Daulat Rakyat (The People’s Authority). These articles were aimed at training new cadres for Indonesia’s leadership.

Hatta seemed to be extremely critical of Sukarno at this point in time. In August 1933, with Sukarno once again arrested and facing trial, he wrote an article called “Sukarno Is Arrested”. This was followed by articles entitled “The Tragedy of Sukarno” (November 1933) and “The Stance of a Leader” (December 1933).

The Dutch Colonial Government gave Sukarno a harsh punishment, exiling him to Ende on the island of Flores in December 1933. With Sukarno in exile, the Dutch Colonial Government now turned their eyes to the New PNI (Pendidkan Nasional Indonesia) and its leadership. In February 1934, they made their move and arrested its leaders from its Jakarta branch (which included Hatta) and its Bandung branch. For a year they were jailed at prisons in Cipinang and Glodok, with Hatta spending his time in Glodok. During his time in prison, Hatta wrote a book entitled “The Economical Crisis and Capitalism”.

In January 1935, it was decided that Hatta and his fellow New PNI(Pendidkan Nasional Indonesia) leaders (including Syahrir) would be exiled to Boven Digoel in Papua. When Hatta arrived there, he was told by the local authorities that he had two options. The first option was to work for the Dutch Colonial Government as a civil servant for 40 cents a day with the hope of returning from exile, and the second option was being an exile, receiving food but having no hope of returning from exile. Hatta commented if he had decided to take a job as a civil servant in Jakarta, he would have earned a lot of money and knowing that, there was no need to go to Boven Digoel to be paid cheaply. In saying this, Hatta chose the second option.

In January 1935, Hatta and his friends arrived in Tanah Merah, Digoel (Papua). Head of government there, Captain van Langen, offers two options: work for the colonial government to pay 40 cents a day with the expectation will be sent home to their hometown, or be discarded by receiving food in kind, with no expectation would be sent to the area of ​​origin . Hatta said, when he would work for the colonial government when he was still in Jakarta, would have become a great man with a big salary anyway. So it is not necessary to him to Tanah Merah to become coolies paying 40 cents a day.

During his exile, Hatta continued to write articles, this time for the Newspaper Pemandangan (The View). He earned enough money from that to make ends meet at Boven Digoel and to support his colleagues who had financial troubles. Hatta also used his books (which filled 16 chests when they were packed to leave Jakarta) to give his colleagues lessons on economics, history, and philosophy. Later on these lessons would be made into books entitled “An Introduction on the Way to Knowledge” and “The Nature of Greek Thought” (four volumes).

In January 1936, Hatta and Syahrir were transferred to Bandaneira in Maluku. There they joined more nationalists such as Iwa Kusumasumantri and Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo. Hatta and Syahrir were given more freedom and were able to interact with the locals. Hatta and Syahrir also gave lessons to the local children, teaching them about politics and history. Hatta adopted a local boy, Des Alwi, as his son while living in Bandaneira.[5] Alwi would become a prominent Indonesian historian and diplomat.[5]

In February 1942, Hatta and Syahrir were transferred to Sukabumi in West Java.

Japanese occupation

By 1942, World War II was well under way and the Empire of Japan was fulfilling its imperial ambitions in East Asia and South East Asia. In March 1942, they began landing in Indonesia. Like their counterpart in Europe, the Dutch Colonial Government crumbled in the face of the invaders and by 9 March 1942, surrendered. On 22 March 1942, Hatta and Syahrir were again transferred to Jakarta.

In Jakarta, Hatta met with Major General Harada, the Interim Head of Government. Harada asked Hatta to become an advisor for the occupational Government. Hatta accepted the job and then asked Harada if Japan was here to colonize Indonesia. Harada assured Hatta that Japan would not do. In Hatta’s eyes, an acknowledgement of an Indonesian Independence by Japan was extremely important. If Japan, with its ultra-nationalistic ideology was able to recognize Indonesia’s independence, it would put more pressure on the Allies (especially America and the United Kingdom) as representatives of democracy to do the same thing.

In July 1942, Hatta was reunited with Sukarno who after Flores had been transferred to Sumatra before the Japanese arrived, and had also been asked for his services. Although they had left off on a bad note, Sukarno wanted to speak with Hatta before speaking with anyone else. In a secret meeting at Hatta’s Jakarta home Sukarno, Hatta and Sjahrir agreed that Sjahrir would go underground to organise the revolutionary resistance while the other 2 would commence their cooperation with the Japanese occupier.[6] Hatta and Sukarno now had the common goal of working with the Japanese and then trying to achieve independence from them. Together with Ki Hadjar Dewantoro and Muhammadiyah Chairman, Kiai Haji Mas Mansur, Hatta and Sukarno formed a quattuorvirate of leaders tasked by the Japanese occupational Government as their intermediary with the Indonesian people.

Hatta together with the other members of the quattuorvirate worked with much fervor under the Japanese Government. They echoed Japanese propaganda and presented the Japanese Empire as the protector, leader, and the light of Asia. At the same time however, Hatta continued to promote Indonesia’s desire for independence. In a speech in December 1942, Hatta said that Indonesia had been freed from the Dutch Colonial Government, but if they were freed only to be colonized by another power, he would rather see Indonesia drown to the bottom of the ocean.

On 9 March 1943, the Japanese Occupational Government approved the formation of the Centre of People’s Power (Putera) with Hatta and the other quattuorvirate as the co-Chairmen of the association. Sukarno thought that this would be a way from which they could gain support for independence, instead the Japanese used this to their own cause and to start their romusha (forced labour) regime in Indonesia.

In November 1943, Hatta and Sukarno’s efforts in cooperating with the Japanese Occupational Government was recognized by Emperor Hirohito who decorated them with awards in Tokyo.

As the tide of the war began to turn against the Japanese, the Japanese Occupational Government in Indonesia became desperate to maintain control. Putera was disbanded and replaced with Djawa Hokokai in March 1944. Although still Chaired by Sukarno, the Indonesians had less freedom of movement than they had had in Putera. When defeat began looming on the horizon, Prime Minister Koiso announced in September 1944 that Japan would grant Indonesia its independence in the near future.

From then on, momentum began to gather for the independence of Indonesia, fuelled by the nationalist sentiments of Indonesians and supported by sympathizers from Japan such as Rear Admiral Maeda. In Maeda’s case, he even set up a discussion forum called the Free Indonesia Centre and invited Hatta and Sukarno along to deliver lectures on nationalism. This was followed in April 1945, by the formation of the Investigative Body for the Preparation of Indonesian Independence (BPUPKI). BPUPKI would meet over the next three months and would decide on things such as the constitution and which territories would be part of Indonesia.

 Proclamation of Independence

By August 1945, Japan was on the eve of defeat. This month, the Japanese Government finally approved Indonesian Independence and formed the Committee to Prepare for Indonesian Independence (PPKI) to supervise it. On 8 August 1945, Hatta and Sukarno were summoned to Saigon, to meet with Marshal Terauchi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese forces in South East Asia. Terauchi told Hatta and Sukarno that the PPKI would be formed on 18 August and that Indonesia would be independent with Japanese supervision.

Hatta and Sukarno returned to Indonesia on 14 August. In Hatta’s case, Syahrir was waiting for him with news of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Syahrir told Hatta that they would have to encourage Sukarno to proclaim Indonesia’s independence immediately, because in a couple of days the Japanese might not be there to provide supervision. Syahrir told Hatta not to worry about the Japanese authorities because the people would be on their side.

Syahrir and Hatta then went to see Sukarno, with Syahrir repeating his argument in front of Sukarno. Hatta then spoke out, saying that he was worried the Allies would see them as Japanese collaborators. Sukarno shared this sentiment and Syahrir left the meeting out of frustration.

The next day, on 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies. In Indonesia, the news was only a rumor and had not been confirmed. Hatta and Sukarno went to the office of the Japanese Occupational Government in Jakarta, only to find it empty. Hatta and Sukarno then went to Maeda who confirmed that Japan had surrendered to the Allies. Hatta and Sukarno seemed shocked that Japan had surrendered. During the afternoon, Hatta and Sukarno were confronted by Indonesian youths who wanted independence to be proclaimed as soon as possible. A heated exchange followed, with Sukarno telling the youths to have more patience. Hatta, who was aware of his and Sukarno’s superiority in the exchange, sarcastically commented on the youths’ inability to proclaim independence without Sukarno.

On the morning of 16 August 1945, the Indonesian youths kidnapped both Hatta and Sukarno and took them to the town of Rengasdengklok where they continued trying to force Hatta and Sukarno to declare independence, but without success. In Jakarta, there was panic as PPKI was due to start meeting that day and had planned to elect Sukarno as Chairman and Hatta as Vice-Chairman. When knowledge of Hatta and Sukarno’s whereabouts became available and the Japanese surrender was confirmed, Achmad Subardjo, a PPKI representative, went to Rengasdengklok to break the news to Hatta and Sukarno. That night, Hatta and Sukarno returned to Jakarta where, at Maeda’s house, they worked on the Proclamation of Independence.


Finally, on 17 August 1945, at Sukarno’s residence, Indonesia’s Independence was finally proclaimed in a short statement on paper signed by both Sukarno and Hatta.

 Vice Presidency

Election and first months In office

Hatta depicted in a contemporary Wayang Kulit puppet.

On 18 August 1945, Hatta was selected as Indonesia’s first Vice President by the PPKI to accompany Sukarno, who had been elected as the nation’s first president.

As Vice President, Hatta quickly established himself as the day-to-day administrator of the government, with Sukarno setting government policy and then trying to win support for it. Although they had different styles of governing, many agree that the style difference complimented both men’s talents perfectly. They were nicknamed the Duumvirate (Dwitunggal) and until today are hailed by many as the best President and Vice President partnership in Indonesia’s history[citation needed].

Hatta would make three important decisions in the republic’s early days. In October, Hatta gave the Central National Committee of Indonesia (KNIP) legislative powers in addition to its advisory role to the president. In the same month, Hatta also authorized the formation of political parties in Indonesia. The next month, in November, Hatta also made the decision which took away the president’s role as Head of Government and transferred it to a prime minister. Hatta was able to make these crucial decisions because Sukarno was unable to attend the meetings in question, leaving Hatta in charge. For his part, Sukarno did not seem to have to problem with Hatta’s decisions, at least not during the War of Independence[citation needed].

National revolution

When the Dutch began sending their troops back to Indonesia, Hatta, together with Syahrir and Sukarno, all agreed that a diplomatic solution should be worked for. This caused tensions with more radical elements within the government such as youth leaders Chaerul Saleh and Adam Malik.

In January 1946, Hatta and Sukarno moved to Yogyakarta, leaving Syahrir (who was by then prime minister) to head negotiations in Jakarta.

By the end of 1946, the diplomatic solution which Hatta and Sukarno had been looking for seemed to have been found. The Linggadjati Agreement, signed in November 1946 called for Dutch recognition of the Republic of Indonesia. However, territorial recognition would only be over Java, Sumatra, and Madura. In addition, this republic would be part of a United States of Indonesia with the Queen of the Netherlands acting as the Head of State. However, before the agreement was finally ratified by the Dutch House of Representatives, some compromises were made without the consent of the republic. In turn, Indonesia refused to implement its part of the deal, resulting in the first “Police Action” in July 1947.

During this time, Hatta was sent out of the country to look for support for Indonesia. One country that he went to was India, the homeland of his old friend, Nehru. Disguised as an airplane co-pilot, Hatta sneaked out of the country to ask for assistance. There he asked Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi for help. Nehru assured him that India would support Indonesia and would make the support known at international forums such as the United Nations (UN).

In December 1947, negotiations were held aboard USS Renville and an agreement was signed in January 1948. This agreement was more favorable towards the Dutch and called for the republic to recognize the territories which the Dutch had taken during the first “Police Action”. The agreement caused outrage and caused Amir Syarifuddin to resign from his position as prime minister.

To replace Syarifuddin, Sukarno appointed Hatta as Prime Minister and declared that the cabinet would be an emergency one and would be answerable to the President instead of the KNIP. Hatta also took on the position of minister of defense.

As Prime Minister, Hatta had to make an unpopular decision. In August 1948, with the Republic struggling to pay its troops, Hatta was forced to demobilize some soldiers.

In December 1948, the Dutch launched their second “Police Action” and focused their attack on Yogyakarta. Hatta and Sukarno, instead of running away to fight guerilla warfare chose to remain in the city and were arrested. Sukarno transferred authority to the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia (PDRI), before going into exile with all the other Republican leaders. Hatta was sent to Bangka.

Resistance continued under General Sudirman and TNI troops who fought a guerrilla war against the Dutch. In March, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX organized 1 March General Offensive, in which the city of Yogyaharta was held by Indoneisna forces for six hours. This played an important role in causing international pressure to be put on the Netherlands[citation needed]. In May 1949, the Roem-Royen agreement was signed and the Netherlands promised to return the leaders of the Republican Government. In July 1949, Hatta and Sukarno made their return to Yogyakarta.

Dr. Mohammed Hatta vertrekt weer naar Indonesië.ogg
Mohammed Hatta on the day of his departure to Indonesia after the 1949 Round Table conference in The Hague.

In August 1949, Hatta headed a delegation to the Hague for a Round Table conference. look at Moh, Hatta Picture at Maguwo Jogya airpot when back to Indonesia which his wife Rahmi,his elder daughter Meutia and Mrs sukarno Fatmawati

and  before Bung Hatta arrived at Kemayoran Airport Jakarta In No,11,th 1949 , he was disambut by  Sultaan Hemangku Buwono and the Dutch east Indie ‘s official .

In November 1949, the formation of the United States of Indonesia (RIS) was finally agreed. It was to be a federation consisting of the Republic and 15 States which the Dutch had created during the National Revolution. The Queen of the Netherlands would continue to become the symbolic Head of State while Sukarno and Hatta would continue as President and Vice President. On 27 December 1949, the Dutch authorities finally recognized Indonesian sovereignty.

Hatta continued on as the Prime Minister of the United States of Indonesia and presided over the transition of the federal state to the unitary state, which was made official on 17 August 1950.

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In February 1934, after Sukarno exiled to Ende, the Dutch colonial government turned its attention to the Party of National Education of Indonesia. The leadership of the Party of National Education Indonesia was arrested and then exiled to Digoel. A total of seven people. From Jakarta office is Mohammad Hatta, Sutan Sjahrir, and Bondan. From Bandung office: Maskun Sumadiredja, Burhanuddin, Soeka, and Murwoto. Prior to Digoel, they were imprisoned for nearly a year in jail and Cipinang Glodok, Jakarta. In prison Glodok, Hatta wrote a book entitled The Economic Crisis and Capitalism.


In exile, Hatta regularly writes articles for newspapers Landscape. Honorarium enough to live in Tanah Merah and she can also help his friends. Digoel filled his home in his books are specially brought from Jakarta, as many as 16 crates. Thus, Hatta had enough material to give lessons to his comrades in exile on economics, history, and philosophy. Collection of learning materials were later recorded with titles such as “Introduction to Road Science and Knowledge” and “Natural Greek Thought.” (Four volumes).

In December 1935, Captain Wiarda, replacement van Langen, tells us that landfills Hatta and Sjahrir moved to Bandaneira. In January 1936 they went to Bandaneira. They met Dr. Tjipto Mangunkusumo and Mr. Iwa Kusumasumantri. In Bandaneira, Hatta and Sjahrir can mix freely with the locals and give lessons to local children in the fields of history, the bookkeeping, politics, and so on Iain. On 3 February 1942, Hatta and Sjahrir brought to Sukabumi. On March 9, 1942, the Dutch surrendered to the Japanese, and on March 22, 1942, Hatta and Sjahrir taken to Jakarta.

During the Japanese occupation, Hatta asked to work together as an advisor. Hatta said about the ideals of the Indonesian nation to independence, and he asked if Japan will colonize Indonesia? Daily temporary head of government, Maj. Gen. Harada. replied that Japan would not invade. But Hatta know, that Indonesia’s Independence in Japan is different from the understanding on its own terms. Recognition of Free Indonesia by the Japanese need to Hatta as a weapon against the Allies in the future. When the Japanese fascists want to admit it, whether democratic allies will not want to? That’s why the Japanese always didesaknya to give such recognition, the newly acquired in September 1944.

During the Japanese occupation, Hatta did not talk much. But the speech made at the Field Ikada (now Independence Square) on the date of December 8, 1942 shattering many circles. He said Indonesia apart from the Dutch colonial imperialism. And therefore he did not want to be a colony again. This young and old feel as sharp-sharp. For Indonesian youth, he Iebih like to see Indonesia sank into the sea rather than have it as a colony of people back. “

In early August 1945, the Committee of Inquiry Efforts Preparation of Indonesian Independence was replaced by the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence by Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta as Chairman as the Vice Chairman. Its members consist of representatives of the regions throughout Indonesia, nine out of Java and twelve people from outside Java. On August 16, 1945 night, the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence proclamation at a meeting to prepare at home Admiral Maeda (JI Imam Bonjol, now), which ended at 03.00 am the next day. Small committee consisting of five persons, namely Soekarno, Hatta, Soebardjo, Soekarni, and Sayuti Malik broke away into a room to compose the text of the proclamation of independence. Soekarno Hatta asked compose the text of the proclamation of its compact. Soekarno Hatta suggested that wrote the words dictated. After the job was finished. they took him to the living room, where other members are waiting.


Soekarni proposed that the text of the proclamation was signed by two people, Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta. All in attendance welcomed with loud applause. Dated August 17, 1945, Indonesia’s independence was proclaimed by Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta on behalf of the Indonesian nation, right at 10:00 am at East 56th Street Pengangsaan Jakarta. Dated August 18, 1945, Ir Soekarno was appointed as President of the Republic of Indonesia and Drs. Mohammad Hatta was appointed Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. Soekardjo Wijopranoto argued that the President and Vice President should be a duumvirate.

Indonesia should retain its independence from the Dutch Government businesses who wish to re-colonize. The Government of the Republic of Indonesia moved from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. Twice negotiations with the Dutch produce Linggarjati Agreement and the Agreement Reville, but always ended in failure due to cheating by the Dutch. To seek support abroad, in July I947, Bung Hatta went to India to meet Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. by posing as a co-pilot, named Abdullah (The pilot is Biju Patnaik who later became Minister of Steel India in the government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai). Nehru promised, India could help Indonesia to protest and the resolution to the UN for Dutch punished.

Difficulties and threats faced by turns. September 1948 PKI rebellion. December 19, 1948, the Dutch again launched a second aggression. President and Vice President captured and exiled to the Pacific. But the People’s struggle to maintain the independence of Indonesia continued to flare everywhere. Great Commander Soediman continue to lead the struggle bersenjata.Pada dated December 27, 1949 in Den Haag, Bung Hatta, who chaired the Delegation of Indonesia in the Round Table Conference to receive the recognition of Indonesian sovereignty of Queen Juliana.

Bung Hatta also became Prime Minister of the Republic of Indonesia States stands. Then, as the RIS to the Unitary State of Republic Indonesia, Bung Hatta returned to the Vice President. During her time as Vice President, Bung Hatta remained active giving lectures at various institutions of higher education. He also continued to write various essays and scholarly books in economics and cooperatives. He is also actively guide the cooperative movement to implement the ideals of economic conception. July 12, 1951, Bung Hatta radio speech to welcome the Day of Cooperatives in Indonesia. Because besamya Bung Hatta activity in the cooperative movement, on July 17, 1953 he was appointed as the Father of Indonesian Cooperative Cooperatives Congress on Indonesia in Bandung. Bung Hatta thoughts about cooperatives, among others outlined in his book Building a Cooperative and Cooperative Building (1971).

In 1955, Mohammad Hatta declared that if the parliament and the Constituent choice of the people has been formed, he will resign as Vice President. His intention to resign was diberitahukannya through a letter to the chairman of Parliament, Mr. Sartono. Copies of the letter sent to President Sukarno. After the Constituent Assembly was officially opened by the President, Vice-President Hatta told the Speaker of Parliament that on l December 1956 he would put his position as Vice President. President Sukarno tried to stop him, but the Bung Hatta remained at its founding.

On the date 27 November 1956, he received an honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa academic in jurisprudence from the University of Gajah Mada in Yoyakarta. On that occasion, Bung Hatta inaugural speech, entitled Past and Coming. After Bung Hatta resigned as Vice President, several academic degrees are also obtained from various universities. Padjadjaran University in Bandung confirmed Bung Hatta as professor of political science in the economy. Hasanuddin University in Ujung Pandang confer the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in Economics. University of Indonesia awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa in the field of jurisprudence. Bung Hatta inaugural speech entitled Towards a State of Law.

In 1960 Mohammad Hatta wrote “Democracy We” in the banner of People magazine. A paper known for highlighting the views and thoughts Bung Hatta on the development of democracy in Indonesia at that time. In the New Order government, Bung Hatta more of an elder statesman for his people than a politician. Rahmi Hatta Rachim married on November l8, 1945 in the village Megamendung, Bogor, West Java. They have three daughters, namely Meutia Farida, Gemala Rabi’a, and Halide Nuriah. The two oldest daughters are married. The first was with Dr.. Sri-Edi Swasono and the second with Drs. Mohammad Chalil Baridjambek. Hatta had witnessed the birth of two grandchildren, namely Sri Juwita Hanum Swasono and Mohammad Athar Baridjambek.

On August 15, 1972, President Suharto told the Bung Hatta state of grace in the form of the highest marks of Honor ‘Star of the Republic of Indonesia Class I “at a state ceremony at the State Palace. Bung Hatta, proclaimed independence and the First Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia, died on March 14, 1980 Hospital Dr. Tjipto Mangunkusumo, Jakarta, at the age of 77 years and was interred in TPU Tanah Kusir on March 15, 1980

 Intellectual pursuits and cooperatives

Indonesia soon adopted a constitution which advocated parliamentary democracy and reduced the president to the role of a ceremonial head of state. That left Hatta with little to do as vice president, especially since his term as prime minister was not renewed.

For his remaining time as vice president, Hatta was regularly invited to deliver lectures in universities. He also engaged in intellectual pursuits, writing essays and books about topics such as the economy and cooperatives. The idea of cooperatives being an integral part of economy would become a pet project for Hatta and he would become an enthusiastic promoter of the idea. In July 1951, on the occasion of Cooperatives Day, Hatta went on the radio to deliver a speech on cooperatives. In 1953, Hatta’s contribution towards promoting cooperatives was recognized and he was given the title “Father of Indonesian Cooperatives” at the Indonesian Cooperative Congress.

Setting Indonesia’s foreign policy doctrine

Aside from cooperatives, Hatta’s other main contribution to Indonesia governance was the setting of the nation’s foreign policy doctrine.

In 1948, Hatta delivered a speech called “Rowing Between Two Rocks”. In it, he referred to the Cold War and the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. Hatta said that Indonesian foreign policy has to look after its own interest first, not that of the US and the USSR. In saying this, Hatta wanted Indonesia to be independent in deciding its stance during the Cold War. Hatta also added that Indonesia should be an active participant in world politics so that once again it would be Indonesia’s interests that came first.

This doctrine, which would become known as the “Independent and Active” doctrine, continues to be the basis of Indonesian foreign policy.

Retirement from the vice presidency

In 1955, Hatta announced that when the new People’s Representative Council (DPR) as well as the Constitutional Assembly, a body commissioned to create a new constitution, were formed as a result of the year’s legislative and assembly elections, he would retire from the vice presidency. He announced this intention in a letter to Sukarno.

On the surface, it seemed as if Hatta was retiring for practical reasons. Because the presidency was a ceremonial role, this made the office of vice president pointless, and Hatta thought that the country was wasting a lot of money paying his wages. There were also personal reasons, however. As a man who believed in democracy, Hatta was beginning to feel disillusioned with Sukarno’s increasing autocracy and authoritarianism. Hatta had continued to advise Sukarno against taking this road but he was ignored. Hatta finally gave up and thought that he could no longer work with Sukarno[citation needed].

On 1 December 1956, Hatta resigned from the Vice Presidency.

Post vice presidency

Impact of Retirement

Hatta’s retirement caused shockwaves all around Indonesia, especially for those of non-Javanese ethnicity. In the eyes of non-Javanese people, Hatta was their main representative in a Javanese-dominated Government.

The impact of Hatta’s retirement was evident in the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Indonesia (PRRI) rebellion which wanted to break free from Indonesia, and the Universal Struggle (Permesta) movement, which asked for decentralization. In negotiations with the central government, both PRRI and Permesta listed the reunification of the Sukarno/Hatta leadership as one of the concessions that they wanted from the central government.

 Government critic

Now outside the government, Hatta began to openly criticize Sukarno. One of his criticisms was Sukarno’s lack of commitment towards national development. Hatta said that the revolution ended with the Dutch recognition of Indonesian sovereignty and that the government’s focus should be on development. Sukarno rejected this idea outright and responded to it during his 1959 Independence Day speech by saying that the revolution was not over.

In 1960, Hatta wrote a book called “Our Democracy”. In it, he criticized Sukarno’s Guided Democracy as another form of dictatorship. Sukarno immediately banned the books[citation needed]. The same year Sjahrir’s political party was banned and 2 years later he was imprisoned on conspiracy charges. Hatta wrote a personal letter to Sukarno calling the arrest ‘colonial’ and ‘non-rational’, but to no avail. The old revolutionary trinity had definitively broken down.[7]

Transition from Old Order to New Order

During the tumultuous time which saw the Presidency changed hands from Sukarno to General Suharto, Hatta remained in the background. However, he would break his silence in June 1970, just a week before Sukarno died. In a letter to Suharto, Hatta said that he was disappointed that Sukarno was put under house arrest instead of being put on trial. Hatta’s reason for this was not malicious however: he just wanted matters relating to 30 September Movement coup attempt of 1965 to be cleared up, and for Sukarno to be given a chance to defend his actions as many believed that he was not guilty.[citation needed]

New Order

Hatta’s involvement with Suharto’s government came at the beginning of 1970 when there were protests were made about corruption within it. In January 1970, Suharto appointed Hatta, along with three others as members of a commission to investigate corruption within the government. The results of the commission’s investigation was never revealed to public until they leaked in July 1970. It then became apparent that the suspicions of the protesters were correct: there was widespread corruption within the government. Controversially however, in August 1970, Suharto disbanded the commission and allowed for only two cases of corruption to be looked at by the Government.

In July 1978, together with Abdul Haris Nasution, Hatta set up the Institute for Constitutional Awareness Foundation (YLKB), set up to act as a forum for critics of Suharto’s regime. Suharto’s government moved quickly and did not allow YLKB to conduct its first meeting in January 1979. The YLKB did not give up. In August 1979, it managed to hold a meeting which DPR members attended. Perhaps significantly, members of the Indonesian Military members also attended. During the meeting, Nasution criticized the New Order for not fully implementing the Pancasila state ideology and the 1945 Constitution.


Hatta died in 14 March 1980 in Jakarta and was buried at the city’s Tanah Kusir public cemetery. He was declared a “Proclamation Hero” by the Suharto government in 1986



  • His daughter, Meutia Farida Hatta previously served as Minister for Female Empowerment in Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono‘s Cabinet. She currently serves as President of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party.
  • Hatta did not want to get married until Indonesia was independent.[citation needed]
  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is named in his honor.


  1. ^ a b “Moh. Hatta” (in Indonesian). Profile of Vice Presidents. Secretary of Vice President of Republic of Indonesia. http://www.setwapres.go.id/profil-hatta.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kahin (1980), p.113.
  3. ^ Sang Proklamator (in Indonesian). Tokoh Indonesia. pp. 1–2. http://www.tokohindonesia.com/ensiklopedi/h/hatta/index.shtml. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Kahin (1980), p.114.
  5. ^ a b “Prominent historian Des Alwi dies at 82”. Jakarta Post. 2010-11-12. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/12/prominent-historian-des-alwi-dies-82.html. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  6. ^ Mrazek, Rudolf Sjahrir: politics in exile in Indonesia (SEAP Cornel South East Asia program, 1994) ISBN 0 87727 713 3 P.222
  7. ^ Mrazek, Rudolf Sjahrir: politics in exile in Indonesia (SEAP Cornel South East Asia program, 1994) ISBN 0 87727 713 3 P.465
  8. ^ Sudarmanto (1996)


  • Sudarmanto, Y.B. (1996) Jejak-Jejak Pahlawan dari Sultan Agung hingga Syekh Yusuf (The Footsteps of Heroes from Sultan Agung to Syekh Yusuf), Penerbit Grasindo, Jakarta ISBN 979-553-111-5

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