A QUICK GLANCE AT NEGERI SEMBILAN
Negeri Sembilan is located at the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, south of Kuala Lumpur. Seremban is its capital and Negeri Sembilan is also known in Arabic honorific as “Darul Khusus” which literally means “Special Abode”. It is populated by 1.08 million people. Seri Menanti is the royal capital of Negeri Sembilan. Today, it comprises 7 districts namely Seremban, Port Dickson, Rembau, Jelebu, Kuala Pilah, Jempol and Tampin.
Thanks to the excellent road connection to Port Klang (largest port in Malaysia) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (which is closer to Seremban than many parts of KL and Selangor) has made Negeri Sembilan an ideal location for business operation for many international businesses. In recent years, manufacturing sector in Negeri Sembilan continues to flourish and outgrow other sectors.
Electrical and electronics, textiles, machinery, furniture, rubber products, metal works and chemicals are some of the main manufacturing activities in Negeri Sembilan. Senawang, Sungai Gadut, Tuanku Jaafar Industrial Park, Nilai and Tanah Merah in Port Dickson are some of its main industrial areas. Other sectors contributing to the economic growth of Negeri Sembilan are services and tourism, followed by agriculture.
Negeri Sembilan’s culture and tradition are greatly influenced by the Minangkabau culture, a community originated from West Sumatra who was believed to have settled in Negeri Sembilan during the 15th Century. The unique architecture whereby the curving, ornate rooflines with their points resembling buffalo horns is the well-known architectural design popularised by the Minangkabau community.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF NEGERI SEMBILAN
A Relaxing Retreat at Port Dickson Beach
Port Dickson is a popular destination of weekend retreat for many locals, including those from nearby states such as Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. It is also well-known for its attractive beaches, various amenities and good infrastructure. Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon are some of the popular beaches in Port Dickson. Water sports facilities are also available here. From resorts to holiday villa, there is an array of accommodation choices in Port Dickson.
Experience the lifestyle of the locals at Kampung Pelegong Homestay
A great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life would be a few days retreat in a tranquil environment within a traditional Malay village, under the Pelegong Homestay programme in Negeri Sembilan. During your stay at Kampung Pelegong, you can experience the warm hospitality of your host family where you will become part of the household through your participation in various daily activities along with your hosts. From farming to fishing and learning to weave your own handicrafts and baking delicious Malay cakes, at Kampung Pelegong, you get to experience the authenticity of “kampung” (village) life, enjoying the fresh air, and explore the origins of the village and the colourful past it holds. Trekking in the lush rainforest and discover beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear streams are some of the more adventurous activities for thrill seekers.
The Seri Menanti Royal Museum
Built between 1902 and 1905, the Seri Menanti Royal Museum which is located within the Royal Town of Negeri Sembilan, was initially a palace for the Negeri Sembilan Royal family. It was about 48 km away from Seremban. The most unique feature of this 5-storey wooden palace is that it was built without using any nails or screws. Wooden pegs were used to hold the structure together by the carpenters. The palace is made of 99 solid timber pillars, soaring 65 feet high and adorned with elaborate floral motifs. At the Seri Menanti Royal Museum, one can learn more about the royal lineage through the display of weapons, costumes, documents and also discover the royal lifestyle through the display of its bed chambers’ setting.