NEGERI SEMBILAN DARUL KHUSUS (Negeri Sembilan, The Special Abode)
Areas: 6.700 sq km
State Capital: Seremban
Negeri Sembilan is one of the thirteen states in Malaysia, located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. As a royal Malay state, unlike the hereditary monarchs of the other eight states, the ruler of Negeri Sembilan, known as Yang di-Pertuan Besar, is elected to his office by the territorial chiefs or Ruling Chiefs of the state titled, Undang. The Undang themselves cannot stand for election, and their choice of Ruler is limited to a male Muslim who is Malay and also a "lawfully begotten descendant of Raja Radin ibni Raja Lenggang", making it one of the more democratic monarchies. The State Executive Council on the other hand, consists of the Menteri Besar, who is its chairman, and ten other members. The Menteri Besar and the other members of the council are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Besar from the members of the State Assembly of the governing party or coalition, leading the Negeri Sembilan State Government. The current Menteri Besar or Chief Minister of the state is YAB Dato’ Haji Aminuddin bin Harun. The states boasts scenic landscapes; beautiful green rolling lands flanked by series of rugged Central Forest Spine mountain in the east and a long lovely coastline in the west. Economically, it plays an important role in Malaysia’s food security, with vast plantation of commodities and crops across the State. Currently, Negeri Sembilan is heading towards modern state by 2045. With the vision “Negeri Sembilan 2045 - Prosperous, Inclusive and Sustainable”, the state aims to develop Negeri Sembilan as a state with strategized land use planning, efficient social services, better civic status, enhanced community amenities, good quality infrastructure and utilities.
MAJOR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
In Negeri Sembilan, manufacturing sector contributes to about one-third of the state’s GDP, making it a vital component of the state economy. Electronics, food and beverages, machinery, rubber products, as well as oil refining industries play an important role in contributing to the state’s economic. With the existence of beaches along the shoreline of Port Dickson, able to escalate the tourism profile of the state and this generate economic impact towards the tourism industry and the spilling over towards local communities. Comprehensive development projects embarked by the state, focusing on high technology industrial activities, are expected to be the catalyst of growth for the development of Negeri Sembilan.
Agriculture sector also a major contributor especially livestock, palm oil, rubber, fruit and vegetable farming. Hence, the State Government is embarking on Agropolis development which would be focusing on modernizing agriculture industry. The concept is to boost the agriculture sector in order to cultivate food industries.
MAIN INDUSTRIAL AREAS
Located at the south of Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan is reaping rewards from the strong southward development push driven by market forces and enhanced connectivity between the region. This attract businesses and manufacturers to setting up facilities within the area. At the moment, there are a lot of major international companies located in Negeri Sembilan mostly concentrated in Seremban namely Coca-Cola, Samsung, On Semiconductor, Kellogg’s, Safran, Hino, Daihatsu, Nexperia, Kibing, SKF and soon.. Dutch Lady. This is due to its strategic location next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as well as its proximity to major towns and growth centres within the National Conurbation.
Looking at the demand from major industry players to be here in Negeri Sembilan, the State Government are pursuing an agenda for a new growth area located in the district of Seremban and Port Dickson; on the west-side of the State of Negeri Sembilan, to complement the development of Greater Kuala Lumpur and the National Conurbation which is Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0). Focusing on four economic drivers which are the High Technology Manufacturing, Wellness Tourism, Skill-Based Education & Research, and Specialised Services; this is to escalate the State’s profile to a new height. The first developmental project will be in Nilai with an opening up an industrial estate called Hamilton Industrial Park as well as XME Business Park. Apart from that other industrial area such as the development of the Phase 3 of Techpark @ Enstek with an area of over 650 acres which will focus on halal-related industries is also in the pipeline. This is to expand on the existing industrial area for halal related activities which focuses on foods & beverages (F&B), pharmaceuticals and cosmetic.
Looking for an adventurous mountain climbing activity? A relaxing holiday close to nature? A family picnic by the beachside? Or food hunting trip with your extra special mates? Negeri Sembilan has everything that your heart desires. Located about 70km south from Kuala Lumpur and perfectly connected via road or rail lines, you can never miss a visit to Negeri Sembilan!
The state is blessed with dramatic landscapes, attractive beaches, our very own Minangkabau architecture and some of the most mouth-watering food on the planet. Not only that, the eccentric pot of culture makes it even better! Our people speak Bahaso Noghori (Negeri Sembilan Malay Language) and our next generation is called Waghih which means inheritors.
Negeri Sembilan is the home to Malaysia’s Minangkabau culture and it is well-known for its adat perpatih, a tradition that hails women and gives priority for women in everything unlike the other states in Malaysia prioritising men. The name of Negeri Sembilan came from “Land of Nine States” which made up the state centuries ago but after restructure now there are 7 districts in Negeri Sembilan and Seremban is the capital metropolitan.
The Istana Lama Seri Menanti (Old Seri Menanti Palace) is our best kept architectural marvel with multiple storeys, large chambers and exquisite carvings. Many houses throughout Negeri Sembilan can be seen with the similar elongated, slightly swept roof features; our most distinctive architectural design compared to other states. Some of the houses are constructed entirely from wood using no nails at all.
Port Dickson as our beach city has a lot to offer if you are craving for a crazy outdoor getaway or just to chill out getting a good sunbath. The beaches here are long, clean and suitable for swimming and other family activities. Many beach attractions can be found in Port Dickson and some of the famous beaches here are Blue Lagoon, Teluk Kemang, Saujana, Purnama, Tanjung Gemok, Bagan Pinang, Cermin and Cahaya. Every beach has its notable uniqueness that will surely mesmerise you. Feel free to charter an exclusive boat at the yatch club for an escapade into the sea, perhaps a fishing trip. If you are coming for a meeting or business trip, Port Dickson has a wide range of accommodation from 5 star beach resorts to service apartments and hundreds of reasonably rated hotels.
Dense tropical forests and breath taking view from the summit of Mount Datuk, Mount Angsi, Mount Besar and Mount Berembun are definitely not to be missed when you visit Negeri Sembilan. These mountains, forest reserves and the fascinating water falls are simply breath-taking and have become nature lovers’ best-loves destinations in the past decade. The state Government has been upgrading the tour packages to offer the mountain climbers a complete experience together with their mountain climbing activities.
A perfect blend of modern and traditional lifestyle among the locals will create the best memories when you get to stay in our well-established homestays. The operators and their families are amazingly warm and welcoming to ensure your stay is as pleasant as you wish. The authentic masak lemak kuning (bird eye chilli gravy) either with smoked beef, chicken or catfish as well as the apam johol (steamed cake) are among the mouth-watering cuisine you will be wanting more and more each time you enjoy them.
Plan a day trip or a few days stay here in Negeri Sembilan and you will definitely return home with memories close to your heart as well as exceptional whole new experience!
HOW TO GET THERE
By Air: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA1 & KLIA 2) are located about 53 to 55 km from Seremban.
By Road: Two major highways connect travellers from other states into Negeri Sembilan. North-South Expressway begins from Kedah and runs through Negeri Sembilan towards Melaka then ends in Johor while Kajang-Seremban Highway or LEKAS Highway interconnects Kajang, Selangor and Seremban. LEKAS is an alternate route for travellers to get into Negeri Sembilan by road.
By Rail: KTM Intercity North South Line Stations are in Seremban, Gemas, Bahau. ETS from Kuala Lumpur connects travellers to Gemas, Negeri Sembilan. Gemas is a popular intercity rail hub connecting many major cities in Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Mentakab, Gua Musang, Pasir Mas, Tumpat and etc. KTM Komuter stations are located in Nilai, Labu, Tiroi, Seremban, Senawang, Sungai Gadut, Rembau and Pulau Sebang (Tampin).
By Sea: Port of Port Dickson and Nilai Inland Port are major container docks in Negeri Sembilan providing road/rail links and logistics services to industries in Central Region.