Port Dickson (town)
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This small town used to produce charcoal and therefore was called Arang (Malay: "charcoal") - there used to be a carbon mine at the first mile of the coast road (hence named Jalan Pantai) - but it was later developed as a small port by the British during the Straits Settlement period. Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung (Malay: "cape"). The oldest shophouses were the four situated presently at Jalan Lama.
Historically what is today Port Dickson and nearby Lukut were part of Selangor. On 30 July 1880, a meeting was held in Singapore between Sultan Abdul Samad (then Sultan of Selangor), Raja Bot (the ruler of Lukut district), Dato' Kelana of Sungai Ujong as well as the British, in which Selangor cedes the district of Lukut to Sungai Ujong (which later became Negeri Sembilan).
Tin ore was plentiful in Lukut, an area within the Port Dickson district, during the 1820s, and it attracted Chinese immigrant miners. The British considered the area to have great potential as a harbour. It was intended to supersede the port in Pengkalan Kempas. The in-charge officer's name was Dickson, and thereafter the town was named Port Dickson. Others claim that Sir John Frederick Dickson, colonial secretary, a senior official of the Federated Malay States founded Port Dickson and Pulau Arang in 1889.
Port Dickson evolved into a busy trading centre. Railways were constructed to facilitate the growth and development of Port Dickson. Although Port Dickson experienced rapid development, its beaches are fairly well preserved.
Port Dickson is also home to many army camps of the Malaysian Army such as Sebatang Karah, Segenting, Si Rusa and Sunggala. In September 2009, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declared Port Dickson as an "Army Town" in recognition of her role in the nation's military services.
Oil and gas production
Port Dickson has two refineries which make significant contributions to the local economy. Shell Refining Company has been operating since 1962 while Petron (formerly ExxonMobil Malaysia) operates another refinery which began operation in 1963.
The 18 km (11 mi) long beach from Tanjung Gemuk to Tanjung Tuan is a holiday destination for local visitors, especially those who come from Kuala Lumpur. Many Singaporeans have invested in holiday homes in and around Port Dickson. Over the years, many hotels and resorts were opened to capitalize on the tourist draw. In the 1990s, Port Dickson boomed with new hotels and resorts being planned and constructed. Due to the Asian financial crisis of 1997, however, many of these projects stalled, leaving many unfinished buildings scattered along the Port Dickson coastline. While some of these half constructed resorts are still abandoned, with the improving economy of the 2000s, many of the projects were eventually revived and completed.
Lukut, a new township, forms part of the Port Dickson district. Overall, it has residential, shop units, shopping mall, hotels and tourism attractions. Some of the attractions in the area include Alive 3D Art gallery and Wild West Cowboy Indoor Amusement park, 5D cinema, Awake Horror Thrills, Skunk Show, Children Amusement. In 2018, Tasik Villa International Resort, which includes a man-made lake, was launched and there is a music fountain show at 9 pm daily. Besides, people who love jacuzzi can find it in some of its hotel rooms. This is one of the key differentiators when compared to the rest of the hotel. Guests can also enjoy their outdoor pool, jacuzzis, nightclub, fitness facilities and outdoor facilities such as bicycle, electric scooter and buggy car ride. Moreover, guests can opt for sailing or dinner on a floating boat on the lake.
P.D. Ostrich Show Farm
PD Ostrich Show Farm[better source needed] is in Port Dickson. Other than ostriches, animals at the farm include goats, donkeys, turkeys, various breeds of chicken, cattle, guinea fowl, ducks and ponies. Here, guests can pet an ostrich and even ride one. Occasionally, there is a running competition for these guests to run and compete with ostriches that can run 43 mph (69 km/h).
Pusat Ikan Hiasan Port Dickson
This place, which is translated as Ornamental Fish Centre, is definitely one of the top Port Dickson attractions in a secluded place. The centre is located at the northern end of Port Dickson’s Teluk Kemang beach. Run by the Department of Fisheries, it has numerous spotlessly clean aquariums and tanks containing baby turtles, living coral, various types of fish and marine creatures on display here. The fish tanks are spotlessly clean, as the seawater from the bay is pumped into the centre’s storage tanks for cleansing and treatment before being used in their aquariums tanks. This small place has many sea creatures to see and entry is free.
Extreme Park Port Dickson
Provides extreme sports and activities such as go-karts, paint ball target shooting, archery target shooting, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding.
Linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Straits of Malacca is the shortest sea route between three of the world's most populous countries - India, China, and Indonesia. Inspired by the sea trade, ex-pats founded the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club (RPDYC) in 1927, which still offers dinghy sailing courses and runs regattas. Unknown to most, Malaysia's developmental sailing teams, starting at the Optimist Dinghy level, train in and sail from the RPDYC to the Port Dickson Polytechnic.
The newer five-star Admiral Marina & Leisure Club has good dock facilities for yacht travellers, sailboats and luxury cruisers. It is a transit point for racing sailboats joining the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta[permanent dead link], Royal Langkawi International Regatta and Thailand's Phuket Kings Cup regattas. Admiral Marina also hosted the disabled sailing event of the 2009 ASEAN Para Games and the 2006 FESPIC Games.
As of 2016, there around eight shopping centres in the town that serve its population.
In turn, Port Dickson contributes five seats to the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly:
Lukut is currently held by Ean Yong Tin Sin of the Democratic Action Party (DAP); Chuah and Port Dickson are held by PKR, and the remaining two seats, Bagan Pinang and Linggi, are currently controlled by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Following a September 2016 re-delineation exercise, the Port Dickson name was used for the whole parliamentary constituency replacing Telok Kemang, while the boundaries remain unchanged.
Port Dickson is easily accessible from most major towns of peninsular Malaysia. The Seremban–Port Dickson Highway (operated by PLUS) or the Federal Route 53 connects Port Dickson to Seremban, the state capital.
There is a 39 km-long branch line of the KTMB network linking Port Dickson to Seremban, but operations were ceased in 2008. There were plans to reopen the line for freight and passenger services, but the plan did not see any rebuilding as of 2020.
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