Exploring Negeri Sembilan

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.

Port Dickson hotels

Seremban hotels

Nilai hotels

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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

Seremban - capital Nilai Port Dickson

Minor Towns in Negeri Sembilan

style="text-decoration:none">Ayer Kuning Ayer Kuning Selatan Ampangan Bahau Bandar Seri Jempol Batang Benar Batu Kikir Chembong Dangi Gemas Gemencheh Johol Kota Kuala Klawang Kuala Pilah Labu Lenggeng Linggi Lukut Mantin Mambau Pajam Pasir Panjang Pedas Pengkalan Kempas Pertang Rantau Rembau Seri Menanti Tampin Teluk Kemang

Tourist Attractions of Negeri Sembilan

Bukit Palong

De Bana Recreational Park

Fort Lukut

Gemas Railway Station

Jeram Toi Waterfall

Kelamah River Memorial

Lata Kijang Waterfall

Lenggeng Recreational Park

Pedas Hot Spring

Pengkalan Kempas Historical Complex

Port Dickson Porterage Road (Jalan Penarikan)

Sri Menanti Palace

Tampin Museum

Titi Eco Farm

Ulu Bendul Recreational Garden

States of Negeri Sembilan

Jelai (Inas) Jelebu Johol Rembau Sungai Ujong Tampin

Administrative Districts of Negeri Sembilan

Jelebu Jempol Kuala Pilah Port Dickson Rembau Seremban Tampin

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