Exploring Negeri Sembilan

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Istana Seri Menanti, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
Istana Seri Menanti, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
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Negeri Sembilan is a state in the central part of West Malaysia. It has a size of 6645 sq km and a population of slightly over one million people (2007 est.) The capital is Seremban. Negeri Sembilan shares a border with Selangor, Pahang, Johor and Malacca. The state is also written as Negeri Sembilan, and the official name often includes an Arabic honorific, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, meaning "Negeri Sembilan, Exceptional Abode".

Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
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The name Negeri Sembilan means "nine states". It refers to the original nine states or districts established by the Minangkabau people who settled there from West Sumatra, Indonesia. Today, Negeri Sembilan is composed of six districts. Of these, four of the bigger ones namely Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol and Rembau are ruled by hereditary chiefs called Undang, who undertake to select an overall ruler of Negeri Sembilan, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Besar. The system of choosing a ruler resembles the election of the Malaysian king, or Yang di-Pertuan Agong, except that the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan holds office for life.

Hotels in Negeri Sembilan

Full list of hotels in Negeri Sembilan with online booking from Agoda, with a selection of major towns in Negeri Sembilan.
  1. Port Dickson hotels
  2. Seremban hotels
  3. Nilai hotels

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  1. Clifford Ow's photos of Negeri Sembilan

History of Negeri Sembilan

The Minangkabaus settled in Negeri Sembilan in the 15th century, at the time of the Malacca Sultanate, and were given protection by it. After Malacca fell to the Portuguese, the area came the protection of the Sultanate of Johor, which was established by the son of Sultan Mahmud Shah, the last sultan of Malacca.

Hong San Si Temple, Port Dickson
Hong San Si Temple, Port Dickson (29 December 2006)

To look after the interest of the Minangkabaus, the ruler of Minangkabau in Sumatra, Sultan Abdul Jalil, sent his near relative, Raja Melewar, to be ruler. After defeating another rival to the throne, Raja Khatib, Raja Melewar was granted the title of Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, which means "He who is lord over the rulers of the Nine States", by the Sultan of Johor, in 1773.

A series of succession disputes ensued following the death of Raja Melewar. The British eventually intervened in 1873, resulting in the district of Sungai Ujong falling under the control of a British Resident. This was followed by Jelebu in 1886 and the rest of Negeri Sembilan in 1895. The first British Resident was Martin Lister, who was assassinated in office in his effort to quash violence between the Chinese secret societies.

The number of states within Negeri Sembilan has fluctuated throughout history. Among the former states include Naning in Malacca, Kelang in Selangor and Segamat in Johor. The present ones are Jelai, Jelebu, Johol, Rembau, Sungai Ujong and Tampin. Within a different composition, Negeri Sembilan is also divided into seven administrative districts, which are Jelebu, Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Port Dickson, Rembau, Seremban and Tampin.

Tim and Chooi Yoke in Port Dickson
Tim and Chooi Yoke in Port Dickson (29 December, 2006)

Getting there

The most convenient way to reach Negeri Sembilan is by road. The North-South Expressway cuts though the state.

The following are the exits to different parts of Negeri Sembilan:
  • Exit 215: Nilai Interchange
  • Exit 218: Seremban Interchange
  • Exit 219A: Port Dickson Interchange
  • Exit 220: Senawang Interchange
  • Exit 223: Pedas Linggi Interchange

Main Towns in Negeri Sembilan

  1. Seremban - capital
  2. Nilai
  3. Port Dickson

Minor Towns in Negeri Sembilan

  1. Ayer Kuning
  2. Ayer Kuning Selatan
  3. Ampangan
  4. Bahau
  5. Bandar Seri Jempol
  6. Batang Benar
  7. Batu Kikir
  8. Chembong
  9. Dangi
  10. Gemas
  11. Gemencheh
  12. Johol
  13. Kota
  14. Kuala Klawang
  15. Kuala Pilah
  16. Labu
  17. Lenggeng
  18. Linggi
  19. Lukut
  20. Mantin
  21. Mambau
  22. Pajam
  23. Pasir Panjang
  24. Pedas
  25. Pengkalan Kempas
  26. Pertang
  27. Rantau
  28. Rembau
  29. Seri Menanti
  30. Tampin
  31. Teluk Kemang

Tourist Attractions of Negeri Sembilan

  1. Bukit Palong
  2. De Bana Recreational Park
  3. Fort Lukut
  4. Gemas Railway Station
  5. Jeram Toi Waterfall
  6. Kelamah River Memorial
  7. Lata Kijang Waterfall
  8. Lenggeng Recreational Park
  9. Pedas Hot Spring
  10. Pengkalan Kempas Historical Complex
  11. Port Dickson
  12. Porterage Road (Jalan Penarikan)
  13. Sri Menanti Palace
  14. Tampin Museum
  15. Titi Eco Farm
  16. Ulu Bendul Recreational Garden

States of Negeri Sembilan

  1. Jelai (Inas)
  2. Jelebu
  3. Johol
  4. Rembau
  5. Sungai Ujong
  6. Tampin

Administrative Districts of Negeri Sembilan

  1. Jelebu
  2. Jempol
  3. Kuala Pilah
  4. Port Dickson
  5. Rembau
  6. Seremban
  7. Tampin

Planning a trip to explore Malaysia?

Here are some useful pages on this website that may be helpful to you.
  1. Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by flight: Useful information whether you are arriving at KLIA, KLIA2 or Subang Airport.
  2. Expressways and Highways in Malaysia: User guide to the various expressways and highways in the country.

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