Abdul Halim (Indonesia)

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Abdul Halim
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Abdul Halim
4th Prime Minister of Indonesia
In office
16 January 1950 – 5 September 1950
Preceded bySusanto Tirtoprodjo (acting)
Succeeded byMuhammad Natsir
6th Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia
In office
6 September 1950 – 27 April 1951
Preceded byHamengkubuwono IX
Succeeded bySoekiman Wirjosandjojo
Personal details
Born(1911-12-27)27 December 1911
Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Dutch East Indies
Died4 July 1987(1987-07-04) (aged 75)
Jakarta, Indonesia
ProfessionPolitician, Doctor

Abdul Halim (December 27, 1911 – July 4, 1987) was Indonesian politician, who served 4th Prime Minister of Indonesia.[1]

Family and education[edit]

Abdul Halim was born on 27 December 1911, in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, to Achmad St. Mangkuto and Hj. Darama. At the age of 7, Abdullah, his mother's cousin, who at that time was one of the leaders of Bataafsche Petroleum Maatscappij (BPM – now known as Pertamina) took him to Jakarta in order to obtain a better education. Halim attended HIS, MULO, AMS B and Geneeskundige Hoge School (Medical School) in Jakarta.[2]


Abdul Halim was involved in various activities, from the politics to education to sports. He was the fourth Prime Minister of the Republic of Indonesia during the period January 1950 – September 1950. He was also the first Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia (September 1950 in the Natsir cabinet). Halim also made a contribution in the establishment of the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia (PDRI) in Central Sumatra, together with Johannes Leimena and Muhammad Natsir. As a doctor, Abdul Halim was the Director of RSUP (now Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, or RSCM) from July 1951 until July 1961, and worked as Inspector General until his death on 4 July 1987.

Away from politics, Halim, who had a hobby playing football, was involved in the formation of the Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra team(now Persija) in 1928, and was the Chairman of VIJ (Persija) for several years. From 1951–1955 he was Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Olympic Committee of Indonesia(KOI). Halim was appointed Chairman of the National IKADA Foundation to build the Ikada Stadium Merdeka Field, Central Jakarta. In 1952 he led the first Indonesian contingent to participate in the Olympics.[2]


  1. ^ Vickers, Adrian (2005). A History of Modern Indonesia. Cambridge University Press. p. 226. ISBN 0-521-83493-7.
  2. ^ a b Chaniago, J.R. (1981). Di Antara Hempasan dan Benturan. Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Hatta
Prime Minister of Indonesia
16 January 1950 – 5 September 1950
Succeeded by
Muhammad Natsir