Alexander Andries Maramis

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Alexander Andries Maramis
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Minister of Finance of Indonesia
In office
26 September 1945 – 14 November 1945
PresidentSukarno
Preceded bySamsi Sastrawidagda
Succeeded bySunarjo Kolopaking
In office
3 July 1947 – 29 January 1948
PresidentSukarno
Prime MinisterAmir Sjarifuddin
Preceded bySjafruddin Prawiranegara
In office
29 January 1948 – 19 December 1948
PresidentSukarno
Prime MinisterMohammad Hatta
Succeeded byLukman Hakim
In office
13 July 1949 – 4 August 1949
PresidentSukarno
Prime MinisterMohammad Hatta
Preceded byLukman Hakim
Succeeded byLukman Hakim
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
In office
19 December 1948 – 13 July 1949
PresidentSukarno
Preceded byAgus Salim
Succeeded byAgus Salim
1st Ambassador of Indonesia to the Philippines
In office
1 February 1950 – 10 April 1953
PresidentSukarno
1st Ambassador of Indonesia to West Germany
In office
1 May 1953 – 1 March 1956
PresidentSukarno
Ambassador of Indonesia to the Soviet Union
In office
1 October 1956 – November 1959
PresidentSukarno
Preceded byL. N. Palar
Succeeded byAdam Malik
Ambassador of Indonesia to Finland
In office
10 June 1958 – 1960
PresidentSukarno
Personal details
Born(1897-06-20)June 20, 1897
Manado, North Sulawesi, Dutch East Indies
DiedJuly 31, 1977(1977-07-31) (aged 80)
Jakarta, Indonesia
NationalityIndonesia
Political partyIndonesian National Party
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Marie Diena Veldhoedt

Alexander Andries Maramis (20 June 1897 – 31 July 1977), also known as A. A. Maramis, was a politician involved in the struggle for Indonesian independence. He was a member of the Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Independence that drafted the Constitution. In the early stages of the Indonesian government, he served as both Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also served in several ambassadorships. Maramis was posthumously conferred the honorary title of National Hero of Indonesia in 2019.

Early life and studies and practice in law[edit]

Alexander Andries Maramis was born in Manado on 20 June 1897 to Andries Alexander Maramis and Charlotte Ticoalu.[1] Maramis' aunt was Maria Walanda Maramis, an Indonesian National Hero who sought to advance the circumstances of women in Indonesia at the beginning of the 20th century. Maramis attended the Dutch language elementary school (ELS or Europeesche Lagere School (ELS (Nederlands-Indië) [nl])) in Manado.[2] He then attended the Dutch secondary school (HBS or Hogere burgerschool (Hogereburgerschool [nl])) in Batavia (now Jakarta) where he met and became friends with Arnold Mononutu (also from Minahasa) and Achmad Subardjo.[3][4]

In 1919, Maramis left for the Netherlands where he studied law at Leiden University.[5] During his time in Leiden, Maramis became involved with the association for Indonesian students in the Netherlands or Indische Vereeniging or Perhimpunan Indonesia. In 1924, he was elected as secretary of the organization.[6] Maramis graduated with a law degree in 1924.[7] He then returned to Indonesia and began his career as a lawyer at the district court in Semarang in 1925.[8][9] A year later he moved to the district court in Palembang.[10]

Preparing for Indonesian Independence[edit]

Maramis (middle) behind Sukarno

Maramis was appointed to the Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Independence or Badan Penyelidik Usaha Persiapan Kemerdekaan (BPUPK) that was established on 1 March 1945. Maramis was part of a working committee consisting of nine members called the Panitia Sembilan. This committee formulated a constitutional preamble that sought to capture the main values of the ideological principles called Pancasila that was outlined by Sukarno in his speech on 1 June 1945.[11] The preamble was called the Jakarta Charter or Piagam Jakarta. On 11 July 1945 during one of the BPUPK plenary meetings, Maramis was appointed to a commission to edit the Constitution (or Panitia Perancang Undang-Undang Dasar) before it was to be voted on by all members of the BPUPK.[12] He would later be asked by President Suharto in 1976 to be part of a committee to provide an interpretation of Pancasila as its meaning was thought to have deviated at the time.[13]

Serving in the Indonesian Government[edit]

Pamphlet of Hatta I Cabinet members

Maramis was appointed as Minister of Finance in the first Indonesian cabinet called the Presidential Cabinet on 26 September 1945. He replaced Samsi Sastrawidagda who was initially given the position when the cabinet was formed on 2 September 1945. Sastrawidagda resigned from the position after just two weeks due to his chronic illness.[14] Sastrawidagda was the first person to be appointed as the Indonesian Minister of Finance, but because of Sastrawidagda's very short time in office, Maramis could be considered, by de facto, as the first Indonesian Minister of Finance.

As Minister of Finance, Maramis was instrumental in the development and printing of the first Indonesian currency notes or Oeang Republik Indonesia (ORI). It took a year before the notes were formally issued on 30 October 1946 to replace Japanese notes and notes circulated by the Netherlands Indies Civil Administration (NICA).[15][16] These notes (Series 1) were in denominations of 1, 5, and 10 sen notes, plus ½, 1, 5, 10, and 100 rupiah notes. The notes include Maramis' signature as Minister of Finance or Menteri Keuangan.

Maramis would serve again as Minister of Finance consecutively in the First Amir Sjarifuddin Cabinet on 3 July 1947,[17] the Second Amir Sjarifuddin Cabinet on 12 November 1947,[18] and the First Hatta Cabinet on 29 January 1948.[19] During the Hatta administration on 19 December 1948, the Dutch started the military offensive called Operation Kraai or Agresi Militer Belanda II. Sukarno, Hatta, and other government officials in Yogyakarta were captured and exiled to Bangka Island. Maramis was in New Delhi, India at the time. He received a wire from Hatta before being captured with instructions to form a government-in-exile in India should Sjafruddin Prawiranegara not be able to form an emergency government in Sumatra.[20] Prawiranegara was able to form the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Sjafruddin Emergency Cabinet in which Maramis was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. After Sukarno and Hatta were released, Prawiranegara returned control of the country to Hatta's cabinet on 13 July 1949 and Maramis returned to his position as Minister of Finance.

Ambassadorships[edit]

Between 1950 and 1960, Maramis represented Indonesia as ambassador to four countries: Finland, the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and West Germany. Prior to these appointments on August 1, 1949, he was appointed as a Special Ambassador who was responsible for overseeing Indonesian representatives abroad.[21] At that time, Indonesia had representative offices in Bangkok, Cairo, Canberra, Kabul, Karachi, London, Manila, New Delhi, Penang, Rangoon, Singapore, Washington, D. C., and at the United Nations (UN) office at Lake Success. Because his supervisory duties kept him abroad, he was included in the delegation of the Republic of Indonesia as an advisor to the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference that took place in The Hague.[22]

On January 25, 1950, Maramis was appointed as the Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines. He officially started the position on February 1, 1950.[23][24] Maramis served as the Indonesian ambassador in Manila for three years. On 10 April 1953, Maramis was appointed as the Indonesian Ambassador to West Germany. He officially started the position on 1 May 1953.[25][26] In early 1956, Maramis returned to Jakarta and served as Head of the Asia/Pacific Directorate at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He held this position for only a few months, because he was then given a new assignment as Indonesian Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1 October 1956.[27][28] Two years later, Maramis was given the dual assignment as Indonesian Ambassador to Finland, but still based in Moscow.[29] After completing his service as ambassador to the Soviet Union and Finland, Maramis and his family settled in Switzerland.[30] When he was about to return to Indonesia in 1976, he was living in Lugano.[31]

Family[edit]

Maramis married Elizabeth Marie Diena Veldhoedt, whose father was Dutch and mother was from Bali. They did not have any children, but Elizabeth had a son from a prior marriage whom Maramis accepted and gave the name Lexy Maramis.[32] Maramis' father, Andries Alexander Maramis (the given names are swapped), was the older brother of Maria Walanda Maramis.[33]

Death[edit]

After almost 20 years living outside of Indonesia, Maramis expressed the desire to return to Indonesia. The Indonesian government arranged for his return and on 27 June 1976 he arrived in Jakarta.[34] Among the greeters at the airport were his old friends Achmad Subardjo and Arnold Mononutu, and also Rahmi Hatta (the wife of Mohammad Hatta).[35] In May 1977, he was hospitalized after suffering a celebral hemorrhage. Maramis died on 31 July 1977 at Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital, just 13 months after returning to Indonesia.[36] He was laid in state in the Pancasila room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then buried in the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery.[37]

Honors[edit]

Maramis with Ratulangi
A 100 Rupiah note with Maramis' signature on it
The headquarters of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance is named after Maramis

On 15 February 1961 Maramis received the Bintang Mahaputra Utama and on 5 October 1963 he received the Bintang Gerilya.[38] Maramis was posthumously awarded the Star of the Republic of Indonesia or Bintang Republik Indonesia Utama on 12 August 1992.[39] On 30 October 2007, Maramis was recognized by the Indonesian World Records Museum as the Minister of Finance whose signature is on the most number of Indonesian notes or Oeang Republik Indonesia (ORI). Between 1945 and 1947, his signature was on 15 different notes.[40]

The headquarters of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance is named the A.A. Maramis building.

On 8 November 2019, Alexander Andries Maramis was posthumously conferred the honorary title of National Hero of Indonesia by President Joko Widodo in a ceremony at the State Palace.[41] Joan Maramis, the granddaughter of A. A. Maramis, represented the Maramis family at the ceremony.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sulistiyo (2012).
  2. ^ Nalenan (1981), p. 10.
  3. ^ Idris (1982), p. 160.
  4. ^ Nalenan (1981), p. 15.
  5. ^ Massier (2008), p. 139.
  6. ^ Nalenan (1981), p. 47.
  7. ^ Otterspeer (1989), p. 261.
  8. ^ Lev (2000), p. 260.
  9. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 42.
  10. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 43.
  11. ^ Elson (2009), p. 112.
  12. ^ Massier (2008), p. 180.
  13. ^ Elson (2009), p. 123.
  14. ^ Anwar (2009), p. 115.
  15. ^ Anwar (2009), p. 116.
  16. ^ Lindblad (2008), p. 62.
  17. ^ Anderson (1972), p. 398.
  18. ^ Finch and Lev (1965), p. 12.
  19. ^ Aritorang and Steenbrink (2008), p. 192.
  20. ^ Pour (2010), p. 70.
  21. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 80.
  22. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 83.
  23. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 83.
  24. ^ Anwar (2009), p. 120.
  25. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 86.
  26. ^ Careers Institute (1953), p. 61.
  27. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 86.
  28. ^ Khrushchev (2007), p. 807.
  29. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 86.
  30. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 89.
  31. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 92.
  32. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 44.
  33. ^ Parengkuan (1982), p. 5.
  34. ^ TEMPO (1977).
  35. ^ TEMPO (1976).
  36. ^ Joint Publications Research Service (1977), p. ii.
  37. ^ TEMPO (1977).
  38. ^ TEMPO (1976).
  39. ^ GATRA (2012).
  40. ^ Raharjo (2007).
  41. ^ ANTARA News (2019).
  42. ^ CNN Indonesia (2019).

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