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from Nature Lover: http://sirdirahaza.blogspot.com/2009/07/in-memory-of-nadrah-maria-hertogh.html

Nadrah Maarof or Maria Bertha Hertogh passed away at the age of 72 due to leukemia.

She was adopted by one Malay Lady by the name of Aminah Mohd from Kg Banggol, Chukai, Kemaman. It was the village where my grandmother raised her children and where my mother and my aunties grew up.

In Banggol she spent her childhood days as an active girl doing what other girls were doing. She went to Quran reading classes, was active in sports.

What surprised me most was the fact that she was very close to my aunties, arwah Mak Cik Som and Mak De Hitam. I have seen her pictures with both of them when I was still in school.

The sad thing about Nadrah was that she was forced to change her faith. There was very little that we could do that time for we were being ruled by the colonials.

Her parents’ greatest mistake was to bring her to Singapore. Many said that things would have been different if she stayed in Kemaman.

We did not have power then.

Her adopted parents’ attempt to keep her by marrying her off also did not help her case.

We knew how she had suffered being forced to leave her legally wedded husband and change her faith from being a Muslim to a Christian.

May she rest in peace.

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Natrah (kiri) bersama Rokayah ketika melawat keluarga angkatnya pada tahun 1997 di Kampung Mak Chili Paya, Kemaman, Terengganu.


KEMAMAN 10 Julai (Utusan Malaysia)- Bertha Hertogh atau nama Islamnya, Natrah sentiasa merindui keluarga angkatnya di sini malah meminta mereka menziarahinya di Belanda ketika dia sakit teruk akibat leukemia sehingga membawa kepada kematian.

Menurut saudara angkat Natrah, Rokayah Mohd. Dahan, 63, Natrah sering meluahkan perasaannya itu menerusi e-mel atau telefon semasa berhubung dengan adiknya di Kemaman dan juga anaknya yang tinggal di Kuantan.

“Saya mendapat berita kematiannya menerusi telefon pukul 8 malam tadi daripada anak saya, Mohd. Akram Abdul Aziz yang bekerja di Kuantan.

“Ketika itu saya terkejut dan sangat sedih kerana dia pergi jua menghadap Tuhan, memang banyak kenangan saya dengan dia semasa di sini,” katanya ketika ditemui di rumahnya di Kampung Mak Chili Paya dekat sini hari ini.

Rokayah merupakan cucu kepada ibu angkat Natrah, Che Aminah Mohamed.

Menurutnya, kenangan yang dia tidak lupa apabila Allahyarham masih petah bercakap bahasa Melayu loghat Indonesia sewaktu datang ke Kemaman pada 1997 walaupun sesudah 46 tahun meninggalkan Malaysia.

Malah jelasnya, Natrah amat gemarkan makanan tradisional Melayu iaitu ketupat palas.

“Pada tahun 1997, dia balik ke Kemaman bersama suami warga Indonesia sambil diiringi dua wartawan Belanda.

“Ketika itu Natrah tinggal di Kemaman tiga malam, satu malam tidur di rumah saya. Masa itulah kami sempat berkongsi kenangan dengannya,” ujarnya.

Natrah meninggal dunia di kediamannya di Huijbergen, Belanda kelmarin pada usia 72 tahun akibat leukemia.

Beliau menjadi isu di Singapura pada 1950 akibat perebutan terhadapnya antara ibu angkatnya, Che Aminah dengan keluarga asalnya dari Belanda.

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