Di Sebalik Isu Natrah, 1950 : Reaksi Pembaca The Straits Times terhadap Tragedi Natrah

Behind the Issue of Natrah, 1950: The Straits Times Reader’s Reaction to the Natrah Tragedy

Authors

  • Dr. Mohd Firdaus Abdullah Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Arba'iyah Mohd Noor Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
  • Mohd Shahrul Azha Mohd Sharif Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
  • Norasmahani Hussain Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Norazilawati Abd Wahab Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22452/JAT.vol16no1.4

Keywords:

Natrah, Maria Huberdina Hertogh, British, Tanah Melayu, Belanda, Islam

Abstract

Why did The Straits Times make an effort to give wide coverage about the Natrah tragedy in 1950? Why did this newspaper deploy a strategy to publish letters from readers about Natrah within the specific period of time? What benefit is gained by this newspaper publishing comments and opinions from readers about Natrah? The answer lies in the fact that they were trying to maintain a support from the readers through the report of the Natrah report within the specific period of time. It is known this newspaper managed to spur its own polemic when the publication triggered the Natrah riots and causing casualties among the Muslims. Behind the publication, nevertheless, how reader’s reaction about Natrah? So, in the light of this issue, this article attempts to present how the report about Natrah of The Straits Times managed to influence the thinking and interest of the readers, particulary within the specific period of time. The strength of this article lays on its historical approach applied to interpret the intention and action in the History subject of the Natrah tragedy. This study contributes new findings and novel in its approach which situated from the reaction and thinking of the newspaper’s readers about Natrah.

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Published

2021-06-29

How to Cite

Abdullah, D. M. F., Mohd Noor , A. ., Mohd Sharif, M. S. A., Hussain , N. ., & Abd Wahab, N. (2021). Di Sebalik Isu Natrah, 1950 : Reaksi Pembaca The Straits Times terhadap Tragedi Natrah: Behind the Issue of Natrah, 1950: The Straits Times Reader’s Reaction to the Natrah Tragedy. Journal of Al-Tamaddun, 16(1), 47–64. https://doi.org/10.22452/JAT.vol16no1.4

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