Negri Sembilan literally means "Nine States"
reflecting the historical confederation of nine states, which
were finally unified under the Yam Tuan in 1889. These districts
were under the rule of nine separate Malay chieftains. Today,
only seven out of the nine districts remain; comprising Jelebu,
Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Port Dickson, Rembau, Seremban and Tampin.
Seremban is the capital of modern Negri Sembilan while its royal
capital is Seri Menanti. Seremban, a thriving capital city well
connected to Kuala Lumpur, a mere 50 kilometres away, by both
road and rail.
Negri Sembilan is in the central region of the Malaysian Peninsula.
To its north is the state of Selangor, its east Pahang and to
the south lie Malacca and Johor. Negeri Sembilan is an area
of 6,645 square kilometres of lovely valleys and plains which
perfectly set off rolling green hills and mountains. Negeri
Sembilan's eastern green mountainous terrain moves westward
to gradually become rubber and oil palm plantations stretching
across its western region While Seremban, as capital city, is
the state's administration and commercial hub; Seri Menanti
is Negeri Sembilan's Royal Town.
History of Negri Sembilan
History of Negri Sembilan can be traced back to the 15th and
16th centuries when Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra migrated
to the region during the era of the Melaka Sultanate. These
settlers initially settled in the regions of Naning, Sungei
Ujong and Rembau, which at the time were parts of the Johor-Riau
Empire. In the early centuries, Malaysia was dissected into
little kingdoms ruled by Sultans who often fought amongst themselves
for power and position. The Johor-Riau Empire at one time ruled
lands from the Riau islands to districts in Negri Sembilan.
The Empire eventually went into decline and this together with
the rise of the Bugis Sultanate in Melaka caused insurrections
in the districts of Rembau, Sungei Ujong, Johol and Ulu Muar
in 1770. Following these insurrections, the people of those
regions invited a ruler from the royal house of Pagar Ruyong
in their Sumatra homeland to rule them. Raja Melewar was proclaimed
the first Yang Dipertuan Besar in Negri Sembilan in 1773. This
dynasty prevailed and sits on the throne to this day.
Trade with the Straits Settlement flourished when tin was found.
This however, led to fighting and unrest in Sungei Ujong, Rembau
and Jelebu paving the way for British intervention and ultimately
a British presence in the State in the form of the first British
Resident, Martin Lister. With the use of treaties, the British
brought the separate states closer to a federation and in 1889,
Yam Tuan Seri Menanti was installed as the ruler of all Negri
Sembilan. In 1896 Negri Sembilan became one of the Federated
Malay States and in 1948 became part of the Federation of Malaya
which finally achieved independence in 1957.
Places of Interest in Negri Sembilan
Besides Seremban, Port Dickson is also one of the major attraction
in Negeri Sembilan with it's beautiful and sandy white beaches,
blue sea of Straits of Malacca. There's a lagoon nearby Tanjung
Tuan with casuarina trees which makes it a perfect spot for
picnics. It's declared a safe zone from sharks. Hotels, resorts,
restaurants, recreational parks stretch along the beaches of
Port Dickson providing adequate facilities for tourists.
Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado)
Near Blue Lagoon is Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado) renowned for
its' light house which was built by the British in 1860. On
a bright and clear day, one can see Sumatera Island across the
Straits of Malacca.
Tanjung Tuan is also a strategic location for bird watchers
to observe migratory birds such as the eagle, swallows during
the months of September, October, March and April.
Location: 16km fm P. Dickson at the border of Melaka State,
about 35 mins. taxi ride from Port Dickson.
Located 30km, south-easterly from Seremban. This fort was built
by "Raja Jumaat" on top of a hill, Bukit Gajah Mati
in Lukut, 7km from Port Dickson. during the year 1826-27. Historic
ruins is still traceable here such as; castle ruins, a poisonous
well, ditches surrounding the fort, 4 cemented holes, martial
art court and a pond. The cemetery ground of the Royal family
of Raja Jumaat is within the vicinity of Lukut.
PENGKALAN KEMPAS HISTORICAL COMPLEX
This complex is 35km away from Port Dickson town. The ancient
historic tomb, Keramat Sungai Udang belong to a theologian,
Sheikh Ahmad Majnun who was an arch rival of Sultan Mansur Shah,
Sultan of Melaka who reigned during 1457-77. Tombstones written
in Arab and Kawi (Ancient Sumatran Scripture) are also found
here. It is megalith and crafted.
PASIR PANJANG RECREATIONAL FOREST
It is 28km south of Port Dickson. It was opened to the public
in 1985. This is also one of the favourite spots for bird watchers.
It is along the coastal area with a panoramic view, rest house
facilities are found in this recreational forest.
SRI MENANTI PALACE.
The Sri Menanti palace was rebuilt to replace the former as
it was burnt down during the civil war between Yam Tuan Antah
and the British. Yam Tuan Tuanku Muhammad, the Yang DiPertuan
Besar Negeri Sembilan renamed the palace as "Istana lama
Sri Menanti". It was built in 1902 and completed by 1905.
This palace is 4-storey high and has 99 stilts which represent
the 99 warriors constitution. It has the Minangkabau "Rumah-rumah
ULU BENDOL RECREATIONAL FOREST
Along the Seremban-Kuala Pilah road at 18km, you will find this
recreational forest on top of Angsana Hill (Bukit Angsana),
covered with tropical rain forest which is one of the oldest
forest in the world, about 130 million years old. If you are
in for a cool dip, there are water falls and a man- made lake.
Playground, parking space and shops are available here. For
the adventurous, one should not miss jungle trekking to Gunung
Angsi. There's also a river, Sungai Batang Terachi, a favourite
spot for fishing, picnicking and swimming. This recreational
forest is also a habitat for mousedeers, wild boar and monkeys.
Tourists may enquire further information from the Information
Centre in the park.
Jeram Toi is another recreational forest, known for it's 30
ft beautiful cascading water fall. It is located at km-28 along
the Seremban-Kuala Klawang trunk road. Jeram Toi is a popular
picnic spot among the locals. One can reach Jeram Toi by taking
a 45 mins. bus ride from the Seremban bus station at Terminal
In 1984, Lenggeng Recreational Forest was opened and it is 16km
away from Seremban town. It has a 20 ft water fall. The surrounding
is very breathtaking, full of greenery. Entrance is free.
JEMPOL SERTING ULU RECREATIONAL FOREST
Serting Ulu Recreational Forest comes with a water fall and
a few rapids. It is located 3 miles from Jalan Batu Kikir -
Simpang Pertang. Facilities such as parking area, suspension
bridge, food stalls, lavatory and rest huts are available.
Located 2 miles away from Tampin town. The road leading towards
the peak of Gunung Tampin is tared for visitors conveniences.
It is a favourite spot for recreational activities and jungle
Other places of interest includes Blue Lagoon, Cultural Handicraft
Complex, Fort Kempas, Pedas Hot Spring, State Museum, State
Secretariat Building, Sri Menanti Palace, Seremban Lake Garden
and Ulu Bendul Recreation Garden.
Expressway passes through Negeri Sembilan with interchanges
at Seremban, Port Dickson, Senawang, & Linggi. It is roughly
a 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur to Seremban. PLUSLiner
operates daily Interstate Coaches from Kuala Lumpur to Seremban.
service connects Seremban with KL Sentral.
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