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About Negeri Sembilan

Negeri Sembilan at A Glance

The history of present day Negeri Sembilan or the Nine States is synonymous with the Minangkabau people of Sumatra who migrated across the Straits of Malacca centuries ago. Its culture, ceremonies and rites are different from the rest of the states of Malaysia making it unique.

Negeri Sembilan is a premier investment location, primarily due its proximity to the Klang Valley which is the main industrial and business centre of the nation. In fact, Negeri Sembilan can be considered to be an extension of the Klang Valley taking into consideration the excellent infrastructure and other facilities that are available.

The state has vast stretches of green rolling lands and is flanked on the east by rugged mountains and on the west by a long, lovely coastline.


Negeri Sembilan is located in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia, is borded in the north by Selangor, in the east by Pahang and in south by Melaka and Johor. The state’s location is very strategic and next door to Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.

Existing industrial estate have excellent linkages by road – direct access to North South Highway, rail, air and sea.

The State of Negeri Sembilan consist 7 districts:

Seremban, Port Dickson, Rembau, Tampin, Jelebu, Jempol and Kuala Pilah.

The capital city of Negeri Sembilan is Seremban.

The population in the state is more than one million people.

The ethnic composition of the population are consist of Malay (55.14%), Chinese (21.18%), Indian (14%), Others (0.46%), Others Bumiputera (2%), Non-Citizens (7.22%).


The name Negeri Sembilan is a combination of the words ‘Negeri’ and ‘Sembilan’. The word ‘Negeri’ was derived from ‘Nagari’, a term in the dialect of Minangkabau which means the people of Minangkabau. The locals adapted the term ‘Negeri’ and expanded its use throughout other states. Whilst the word ‘Sembilan’ indicated the nine territories. However, there are only seven major districts left in the state which are Seremban, Jelebu, Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Rembau, Tampin and Port Dickson. One of important historical sites is Seri Menanti Royal Museum which is popular destination for tourists. This wooden palace was designed and built by two renowned local craftsmen, Tukang Kahar and Tukang Taib and it was entirely built without use of nails and completed in 1908.

Negeri Sembilan The Land of ‘Adat Perpatih’

Negeri Sembilan is situated in the central region of the Peninsular of Malaysia and bordered by Selangor, Malacca, Johor and Pahang. Seremban is the state capital of Negeri Sembilan, lies approximately 60 kilometres to the South of Kuala Lumpur and 40 kilometres south of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It is accessible through the North – South Expressways, and the KLIA. The city is also easily reachable to other parts of the country by means of highways and railway services.

Among all states in Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan is perhaps the most unique and remarkable one in the country. Its abundance of captivating green valleys and forests is surely not the only reason why tourists are attracted to this land of ancestral.

Its natives’ abounding culture, customs and traditions inherited from their Minangkabau ancestors centuries ago make it a compulsory destination to those who love to experience the out of the ordinary traditional way of life in Negeri Sembilan. Travelers would be amazed to see how the uniqueness and uncommon tradition, custom and culture of the Adat Perpatih are practiced in almost all aspects of their daily lives. This heritage is also evident in the designs of their homes, especially in the upswept roofs on many traditional homes in various parts of Negeri Sembilan.

The following nine reasons will certainly explain why Negeri Sembilan is the most wonderful place to visit.


The wide range of food selections has become an attraction which visitors cannot refuse. Visitors must never miss sampling the especially unique Minangkabau cuisine, a blend of lada api ( small and very hot chilli ) and fresh tumeric, simmered in coconut milk. Among the favourites are the Masak Lemak Lada Api, cooked with seafood, meat or simply a mix of herbs and vegetables.


Seremban is well-known for its shopping malls, departmental stores and supermarkets. The state is also famous for its Pasar Borong Nilai 3( Nilai 3 Wholesale Market ), the largest wholesale trading town in Malaysia – with a wide range of goods such as textiles, clothing, home decorations, handicrafts, paintings and art works at very reasonable prices. The Negeri Sembilan Craft Complex helps promote the sales of various handicraft products like souvenirs. The Rembau Crystal, a boutique wokshop, produces high quality and a class of its own crytal based products.


As the culture is flourished with the Adat Perpatih traditions, Negeri Sembilan also showcases architectural marvels in its traditional houses. Its elongated roof, slightly upswept feature at both ends of the roof, is the most dinstinctive element from those in other states in the Peninsular of Malaysia.


Negeri Sembilan is the only state that adheres to the practice of Adat Perpatih, a matrilineal system which authorizes the women folks to be the heirs to the customary land and social inheritances. The State is also rich in cultural traditions. Wonderful mmusic and folk performances such as Cak Lempong, Tumbuk Kalang, Dikir Rebana, Lilin Dance, Randai Dance and Bongai have descended for generations and have become an integral part of the social lifestyle in Negeri Sembilan.


Negeri Sembilan offers arrays of interesting places as holiday destinations. The Pedas Wet World is a family holiday attraction not to be missed especially during school holiday seasons. Besides this, for a different experience, a visit to the Jelita Ostrich Farm in Seremban will give visitors a first hand experience with the exotic bird, and an opportunity to ride the big bird and participate in other fun-filled activities. The Sungai Timun Fishermen Jetty is a favourite haunt for many anglers of the freshwater lobster. It is an ecotourism destination which is rich in floras and faunas. Here, visitors also have the opportunity to experience fire-flies and crocodile sighting.


Port Dickson or also known as PD is the pride of Negeri Sembilan for having the recognition as the National Beach Resort Town by the Federal Government of Malaysia. Apart from that, the Federal Governmnet also established the ‘Wellness Zone’ exclusively for Port Dickson to distinguish it from other resort towns. With an 18 kilometres stretch of white sandy coastline against the Straits of Malacca, Port Dickson is a popular destination among the locals and city dwellers from the Klang Valley as weekend holiday destination. The town is especially teeming with tourists during school and public holidays, and they can enjoy a variety of water-sport activities such as kayaking, sailing and wind surfing on the beach.


There are seven homestays in Negeri Sembilan which are:

• Pelegong Homestay in Seremban

• Lonek Homestay in Jempol

• F’ Best in Jempol

• Gemas Homestay in Tampin

• Pachitan Homestay in Port Dickson

• Batang Nyamor Homestay in Rembau

• Klawang Homestay in Jelebu

Each homestay offers unique, distinctive and special attractions and each tourist will be guaranteed with invaluable memorable experience which complement their stays.


Travelers will be mesmerized by the green, large and dense forests, as well as series of mountain range when they visits Negeri Sembilan. Among the 10 sports and recreational forest parks in Negeri Sembilan, the Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest is the most popular one. Similar to other recreational forest sites, most forest parks in Negeri Sembilan are equipped with camp site facilities and jungle trekking trails. Other recreational forests are Jeram Tengkek, Debana, Gunung Datuk, Gunung Tampin, Jeram Toi, Lata Kijang, Lenggeng, Pasir Panjang and Serting Ulu.

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