A Little Something About Nilai, Seremban

Located in Seremban District, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Nilai (Chinese: 汝来) is a rapidly growing town because of its proximity, and connection through the KTM to Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There are many current, completed & future development projects that can be seen as one drives around Nilai with Green Beverly Hills as one of the magnificent township.

Two of Malaysia’s most well-known colleges and two universities are located in Nilai: Nilai University, INTI International University, Manipal International University, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and Islamic University College of Malaysia. As a result, the town is occupied by students from all over the world. Students from over 30 countries can be seen in Nilai.

Nilai has become a popular shopping town with the establishment of several major shopping malls:

  1. Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre
  2. Nilai Square
  3. Mydin
  4. Giant Hypermarket
  5. Tesco Hypermarket.

Nilai has its own unique origin and history. Historically, Nilai was under luak Sungai Ujong that was administered by waris di Darat or waris di Air. Under Dato’ Johan from waris di Darat there are three Dato’ Lingkungan that control lead the 3 corak suku Batu Hampar that are concentrated in a few villages. Other lines including those from Bentan that are not based on suku, but are based on the village where they live. As a Lembaga waris Perut Hulu, Waris Telaga Undang Dato’ Johan is not a titian balai because Dato’ Andika is more senior. However the power endowed by Dato’ Kelana Putera to collect tax until the year 1894 shows that the Dato’ Johan position with respect to balai Undang is important.

The third Dato’ Johan which is Dato’ Maamor is the Dato’ Kelana Putra, the 8th Undang Luak Sungai Ujong. Even while being appointed as Pesaka Dato’ Kelana Putera, Dato’ Maamor is still a child. At that time, Pesaka Dato’ Kelana Putera position is left vacant since 1887 when Dato’ Mohd Yufof, the Undang Luak Sungai Ujong is relieved from duty. Because waris Perut Hulu does not have a son to hold the pesaka, so the anak-anak buah unanimously appointed Dato’ Maamor who was still a child to hold the pesaka Dato’ Johan and then titled Dato’ Kelana.

The jurisdiction of Dato’ Johan also covers Lenggeng Mukim which includes Mendum Village, Lenggeng Village, Sungai Jai Village, Hulu Beranang Village and Dacing Village. All these villages have their own ketua adat called ‘Tua Waris’. There are also suku of Minangkabau people that are concentrated on other luak in Negeri Sembilan before settling in Lenggeng Village. To ensure their welfare in Luak Sungai Ujong, all suku were given ‘Tua Waris’ to be their representative in matters relating to tradition and administration in Balai Undang Luak.

Chinese make up the majority of the population at 46%, followed by the Malays at 31%, and Indians at 22%.

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