Seremban

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For the district of Seremban, see Seremban (district).
Seremban
Skyline of Seremban
Official seal of Seremban
Seal
Seremban is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Seremban
Seremban
Location of Seremban in the Malaysian peninsula
Coordinates: 2°43′N 101°57′E / 2.717°N 101.950°E / 2.717; 101.950
Country Malaysia
State Negeri Sembilan
District Seremban District
Establishment 1840
Granted municipal status 1979
Government
 • Administered by Majlis Perbandaran Seremban
 • Yang DiPertua
(President)
Dato' Haji Abd. Halim [1]
Area
 • City 959 km2 (370 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,980 km2 (1,150 sq mi)
Elevation 79 m (259 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 555,935 (9th)
 • Density 489.00/km2 (1,266.51/sq mi)
 • Metro 806,920 [2]
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 70xxx to 75xxx
Mean solar time UTC + 06:46:48
National calling code 06
License plate prefix Nxx (for all vehicles include taxis)
ISO 3166-2 MY-14
Website www.mpsns.gov.my

Seremban (Jawi: سرمبن) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.

History[edit]

Sungai Ujong came into existence with the discovery of tin ore in the 1870s like most major towns in Peninsular Malaysia. The discovery of tin in a nearby area called Rasah, saw an influx of Arab, Malay and Chinese immigrants to work on the mines and trade there. Most of the local Malays were farmers.

Renamed to Seremban, the town flourished not only as a mining area but also a business centre. The Linggi River served as the sole outlet to ferry tin and supplies in and out of the town. Revenue came not only from tin trade but also from the large amount of taxes collected, much to the displeasure of the traders and the British colonialists at the neighbouring port of Malacca.

The local chieftains, namely the Dato’ Kelana and the Dato’ Shahbandar of Sungai Ujong were at odds with each other on the rights to collect taxes and ownership and control of the mines. The rivalry to assert influence and authority opened the door for British intervention in Negeri Sembilan. The British sided with the Dato’ Kelana upon invitation and defeated the forces of the Dato’ Bandar who was later sent into exile to Singapore. In a show of gratitude to the British for helping him win the war, the Dato’ Kelana had no choice but to accept a British Resident whose job was to advise him on matters other than religion and Malay customs.

Captain Murray was appointed the first resident and later set-up his residence at Channer Road, now renamed Jalan Dato’ Siamang Gagap. Soon after, the people living around Rasah moved to Channer Road for the sake of security and its orderly administration.[4]

City status[edit]

Seremban is one of four state capitals that has not achieved city status (Bandar raya) other than Kota Bharu, Kuantan and Kangar. However, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government has approved Seremban to be declared a city by 9 September 2009. To achieve the city status, the state government has agreed that Majlis Perbandaran Nilai and Majlis Perbandaran Seremban will be merged.[5]

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said during the Tuanku Muhriz birthday

Culture[edit]

Wisma Negeri

Cuisine[edit]

Seremban is famous for its special delicacies comprising Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. Among the famous local cuisine is Seremban Siew Pau (Chinese: 芙蓉烧包) that is well known throughout the country. It is flaky pastry bun filled with meat fillings either pork, the traditional flavour or chicken which is halal.[7]

Seremban is also famous for baked crabs (Chinese: 芙蓉烧蟹)[8] and beef noodles (Chinese: 牛腩粉).[9]

Economy[edit]

The state, which been home to a number of multinationals from Japan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union. The manufacturing sector today forms the backbone of the state economy, contributing almost half of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), followed by services and tourism (40.3%), agriculture (6%), construction (2.2%) and mining (0.3%).[10]

Retail[edit]

AEON Seremban 2 (Formerly known as AEON Jusco Seremban 2)

Seremban is the business and commercial centre for most towns and villages in Negeri Sembilan. During the weekends, residents from outlying areas come to Seremban by commuter train or buses to shop in Seremban. Amway opened their first concept shop in Seremban in August 2008 as on-going expansion strategy to give its distributors and customers a new shopping experience.[11]

Terminal One Shopping Centre ("T1", previously known as Terminal One Mall) is located at the heart of Seremban. It was built in 1996.Parking is located in the building with rate maximum RM5 per day. Lost ticket will be penalised RM50.[12][13]

Apart from shopping complexes, Seremban has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as antiques, textiles, fabrics and handicrafts. Local municipal council has gazetted Jalan Utam Singh as morning flea market during weekend.[14] In 2009, Sungai Ujong Walk located in Jalan Dr. Murugesu was opened by local council president. The walk is using the Malacca well known Jonker Walk and was provided 72 business site where 30 sites will sell food and beverage while the rest is general requirement in the area besides providing stage to enable any show or cultural shows held. It is perceived as a future location that will revive night atmosphere apart from enliven the area around.[15]

Gallery[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rashitha A. Hamid (16 June 2007). "Profile of Haji Abd. Halim". Majlis Perbandaran Seremban. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Seremban Urban Area
  3. ^ Helders, Stefan. "Metropolitan areas in Malaysia". World Gazetteer. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Administration in Seremban". Majlis Perbandaran Seremban. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "City status for Seremban". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 14 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Seremban on the right track". The Star (Malaysia). 14 January 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Lee Thean Seng. "The Legendary of Siew Pau". Lee Thean Seng. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Seremban Baked Crabs". Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Thomas. "Seremban Beef Noodles". Thomas. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Multi-pronged approach to maintain growth". The Star (Malaysia). 14 January 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Outlet is direct-selling company’s first in the Klang Valley". The Star (Malaysia). 4 August 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Seremban council takes over bus terminal". Fox News. 16 October 2003. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 
  13. ^ Terminal One Shopping Centre
  14. ^ Mohd. Yassir Jaafar (16 March 2009). "Keunikan Pasar Warisan". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Sungai Ujong Walk bakal tandingi Jonker Street". Utusan Malaysia. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Bukittinggi: Jabaran Rencana Kota Kembar" (in Indonesian). Bukittinggi Department. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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Coordinates: 2°43′N 101°57′E / 2.717°N 101.950°E / 2.717; 101.950