Who does not know Mohammad Hoesni Thamrin, nicknamed Thamrin? He was a thinker and a politician who come from the super-rich, but very tacky.
Born in Weltevreden, Batavia, on February 16, 1894, Thamrin come from families "hodgepodge". Thamrin was born in a hybrid situation of Betawi society. His grandfather, Mr. Ort, a British national, who was married to her grandmother , Noeraini, a native woman.
In Betawi Kita Community’s events (02/14/2016) held by Komunitas Bambu in Depok, Zen Hae, a Betawi writer said Thamrin was the first betawi thatto go through political career brilliantly.
Bob Hering called Thamrin as "the only modern Betawi man which are educated, grown up to the top through the parliament."
where, JJ Rizal said Thamrin choose to leave the comfort as superrich Batavia and European descent. He prefers to fight for the Betawi whom their village had been destroyed.
"We remember Thamrin, remembered how he defended Betawi seriously, and there’s no one to compare in the way he fought for Betawi land that was confiscted, the fate of the village were humiliated, and took care of kerosene business for batavian people," said JJ Rizal.
Thamrin, was hanging out around the muddy village instead of being a "white-skinned black man", which he was expected to be. Bathing in Ciliwung River, hang out even sleeping with the commoners. He emphasized the importance of improving the village’s roads and sanitation in Batavia at the time. No doubt, the presumption in favor of indigenous make him loosing achance of being among the intellectual elite.
Marco Kusumawijaya, the UN adviser on urban affairs who ran for governor of Jakarta said Thamrin and Abu Bakr were among the first to criticize about the land acquisition in Menteng.
Thamrin known as one of the Betawi (Betawi Kaoem organization) who became the first member of Volksraad whom represent the inlanders (native). His ideas which defended the grassroots repeatedly challenged as contrary to the Dutch colonial policy.
Thamrin political orientation was increased and widespread. Not only among locals, but nationawide. Indonesia is independence. The movements in Indonesia was weak because many people did not know their respective obligations.
Prof. Snouck argued on his book, governments that do not care about the rules and the objections of the people, they would do what they feel good one day, because .... forced.
However, is the predictions of MH Thamrin this would be appropriate? The light off the torch as claimed by Thamrin sould be ended. Villages were destroyed and demolished, concreted rivers, and bays reclaimed.
The whole condition burry history of the Betawi as rivers and coastal communities. Arbitrariness must be confronted like Thamrin’s struggle, so his name stay on kampung improvement projects in Jakarta, he always defended.