Siliau is a small town in Seremban District, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The origin of the name is disputed but one source has it that it derives from the colloquial Hokkien dialect brought by southern Hokkien emigrants to Malaysia in the late 19th century. According to a local tradition, a group of Hokkien emigrants purchased a parcel of land in the Lukut district in 1903 through a middleman. Their intention was to farm the land. When they actually arrived to take possession of their land and saw how barren and infertile it was, one man threw up his hand in despair and said si liau, which is colloquial Hokkien for "we're finished."
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