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Teuku Muhammad Hasan
Mr. Teuku Muhammad Hasan
1st Governor of Sumatra
In office
Preceded byNew Term
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
Minister of Education and Culture
In office
Preceded byAli Sastroamidjojo
Succeeded bySarmidi Mangunsarkoro
Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
In office
Preceded byMasjkur
Succeeded byMasjkur
Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the United States of Indonesia
In office
25 February 1950 – 16 August 1950
Personal details
Born(1906-04-04)April 4, 1906
Pidie, Aceh, Dutch East Indies
DiedSeptember 21, 1997(1997-09-21) (aged 91)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Alma materLeiden University

Teuku Muhammad Hasan (April 4, 1906 – September 21, 1997) was an Indonesian politician. He served as the first Governor of Sumatra after Indonesian Independence in 1945.[1] He also served as Deputy Chairman, of the Home Affairs, Education & Culture and Religious Affairs in Sjafruddin Prawiranegara's Emergency Cabinet (22 December 1948 – 13 July 1949).[2]

Early life

Muhammad Hasan was born on April 4, 1906 as Teuku Sarong, into an aristocratic family in Sigli, Aceh. His father, Teuku Bintara Pineung Ibrahim was an Ulèë Balang in Pidie (Ulèë Balang was an aristocratic class in Aceh who led a district).

He went to Volksschool (Common School) in Lampoeh Saka from 1914-1917. In 1924 he studied at Dutch-language Europeesche Lagere School (RLS), After graduating in 1924, he studied at Koningin Wilhelmina School (KWS) in Batavia (now Jakarta) before attending Rechtshoogeschool (Law High School).


He went to the Netherlands at age 25 to study Law at Leiden University.

During his time in Netherlands, he joined Indonesian student organization Perhimpunan Indonesia and became an independence activist with other Indonesian students like Mohammad Hatta and Sutan Sjahrir.

He graduated as Master of Laws in 1933.

Independence struggle

Hasan returned to Indonesia, and landed in Ulèë Lheuë Sea Port, Kutaradja (now Banda Aceh) in 1934. His activities brought suspicion by the Dutch authorities, who confiscated his books and other possessions.

He was active in Islamic organization Muhammadiyah. During this era, they started schools and a female branch of the organization, Aisyiah.

His other education activity was establishing Perguruan Taman Siswa Aceh Chapter in Kutaraja, on 11 July 1937. He served as chairman, with Teuku Nyak Arif as secretary.

He made a scholarship foundation Atjehsche Studiefonds (Aceh Students Foundation) for supporting poor students.

He chaired Perkumpulan Usaha Sama Akan Kemajuan Anak (Mutual Struggle Association for Children Development, or abbreviated as PUSAKA) attempting to build a school similar to Dutch's Holland Inlandsche School.

During the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies (1942 - 1945) , he was chairman of Koperasi Ladang Pegawai Negeri (Field Cooperative for the Civil Servants) in Medan

He was a member of the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence on August 7, 1945, as the continuation from Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Independence. This body was chaired by Sukarno, who declared Indonesian independence on August 17, 1945, two days after Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces at the end of the Pacific War.

Governor of Sumatra

He was appointed by the newly created Republic of Indonesia Government as the first Governor of Sumatra on August 22, 1945.[3]

Emergency Government

In December 1948, the Dutch launched their Second Police Action and focused their attack on Yogyakarta. Sukarno and Hatta chose to remain in the city and were arrested.

Hearing the president was arrested, Sjafruddin Prawiranegara, the Minister of Welfare, who was in Bukit Tinggi met Hasan, then Governor of Sumatra and Colonel Hidayat, Commander of Army and Territory of Sumatra on December 19, 1948. and established the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia (PDRI), on December 22, 1948, in Bukittinggi, Sumatra. Sjafruddin served as chairman of the emergency cabinet.[4]

Hasan was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the PDRI, Minister of Home Affairs, Education & Culture and Religious Affairs ad interim.[5]

PDRI leaders moved around West Sumatra in an effort to evade arrest by the Dutch who wanted to abolish the group. In 1949 the PDRI government contacted the leaders of Indonesian forces in Java and the sixth Republic of Indonesia government ministers in Java who had escaped arrest.

Based on the Roem–Van Roijen Agreement, on July 13, 1949, Dutch troops were to be pulled from Republic of Indonesia regions and their leaders were to be freed. The PDRI would therefore no longer be required, and Sjafruddin Prawiranegara disbanded the PDRI and returned the mandate to the President of Republic of Indonesia

Oil companies nationalization

In 1951, as chair of Trading and Industry Commission of DPRS (People's Representative Council), he advocated for oil company nationalization in Indonesia. His motion was accepted on August 2, 1951. Some Dutch oil companies were integrated into Permina (1957) and Pertamin (1961). Both companies were merged in 1968 as Pertamina.[6][7]

Later life

Hasan established Serambi Mekkah University in Banda Aceh,[8] and writing books. One of his book is Sejarah Perminyakan di Indonesia (published by Yayasan Sari Pinang Sakti, 1985).[9]

Teuku Muhammad Hasan died on September 21, 1997 in Jakarta.


In 1990, University of North Sumatra honored him with Doctor Honoris Causa.[9]

Hasan was recognized as National Hero of Indonesia by Republic Indonesia Government on dated November 3, 2006.[10]

A street in Banda Aceh is named after him.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Profile on Kepustakaan Presiden RI".
  3. ^ Data. 1999. ISBN 9789799023469.
  4. ^ "Info". Mizan Publisher.
  5. ^ TEUKU MUHAMMAD HASAN MENTERI PENDIDIKAN ”DARURAT Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Data". Archived from the original on 2011-11-06.
  7. ^ "Sejarah Pertamina".
  8. ^ "Info". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18.
  9. ^ a b data. OCLC 052434839.
  10. ^ "Data" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25.