The Maria Hertogh Riots <ul><li>Maria Bertha Hertogh was born an Eurasian girl to Dutch Roman Catholic parents in Java in ...
<ul><li>Maria’s case was brought to Singapore’s legal court. </li></ul><ul><li>In May 1950, the court ruled that Maria be ...
<ul><li>Her marriage was not recognised by the Br law as she was underage and her parents’ consent was not sought. </li></...
<ul><li>In Dec 1950, Che Aminah appealed for Maria to be returned to her care but was rejected. </li></ul><ul><li>11 Dec c...
Effects of the Maria Hertogh Riots <ul><li>Public transport and business were disrupted. </li></ul><ul><li>About $21 000 w...
Lessons to be learnt <ul><li>Singapore is exposed to external influence like Communism and it can cause great disorder. </...
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The Maria Hertogh Riots

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The Maria Hertogh Riots

  1. 1. The Maria Hertogh Riots <ul><li>Maria Bertha Hertogh was born an Eurasian girl to Dutch Roman Catholic parents in Java in 1937. </li></ul><ul><li>During the war years she was left in the care of Muslim woman, Che Aminah and her husband. </li></ul><ul><li>Her real parents found her in 1949 and wanted her back. </li></ul>Maria Hertogh and Che Aminah Binte Mohamed
  2. 2. <ul><li>Maria’s case was brought to Singapore’s legal court. </li></ul><ul><li>In May 1950, the court ruled that Maria be returned to her natural parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Che Aminah appealed against the court order. </li></ul><ul><li>Her appeal was successful and she was returned to her foster parents. </li></ul><ul><li>She got married to a Malay teacher at 13 years old in 1950. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Her marriage was not recognised by the Br law as she was underage and her parents’ consent was not sought. </li></ul><ul><li>She was returned to her real parents and placed in a convent in Singapore. </li></ul><ul><li>Muslims were angered by the court’s decision as they felt Muslim laws were not respected. </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage by the newspapers further upset the Muslims. </li></ul><ul><li>The Muslims were angry that the Br seemed to side the Dutch parents and were not sensitive to the feelings of the Malay community. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>In Dec 1950, Che Aminah appealed for Maria to be returned to her care but was rejected. </li></ul><ul><li>11 Dec crowd of Malays who were waiting for the verdict outside the Padang began to riot. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Europeans were attacked, vehicles were burnt and looting was reported. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Effects of the Maria Hertogh Riots <ul><li>Public transport and business were disrupted. </li></ul><ul><li>About $21 000 worth of property was damaged. </li></ul><ul><li>18 people were killed and 173 people were reported injured. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lessons to be learnt <ul><li>Singapore is exposed to external influence like Communism and it can cause great disorder. </li></ul><ul><li>Chaos would upset people’s lives, disrupt businesses and cause sufferings. </li></ul><ul><li>The religious and racial tensions teach us the importance to understand and be sensitive to the culture and customs of other races. </li></ul>

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