Seremban - Negri Sembilan Malaysia
Seremban, the capital of Negri Sembilan was initially provided with two roads to serve the needs of the mining community. The town's quaint Railway Station was built in 1924 also to transport tin to ports nearby. The infrastructure of old Seremban was centred around transporting raw materials and tin ore and the community, mainly Chinese traders built their lives around the mining industry. Today, the tin mines have all but disappeared. Seremban is now the main transportation town for Negri Sembilan and the community serves the light and heavy industrial parks that have sprung up to replace the disused tin mines.
One can still trace the outlines of colonial town planning that once made Seremban a popular town with the English. The gardens, the train station and administrative buildings retain a small section of its history.
The Lake Gardens attract nature lovers with its trees and gardens, a popular place for families in the weekends. Plans have been laid out recently to upgrade and beautify the shrinking gardens to better serve the community.
The State Mosque stands majestically over the Lake Gardens, a symbol of the official religion of Islam. It has nine poles to reflect the nine provinces of the state.
Around the corner from the mosque stands the State Library. Built in 1912 to house the State Secretariat, this imposing building bears testament to Malaysia's colonial history. In contrast, the present State Secretariat situated next to the State Library is wholeheartedly Minangkabau in its architecture.
Dated 29th June 2001
Update on the place
As progress has its advantages, it also has its pitfalls. This is very much so for Seremban. It has grown tremendously over the past 100years from a little mining community into a bustling town. Old colonial and pre-war buildings that use to dominate the skyline of this town has dramatically been altered in recent years - providing an eclectic backdrop of non-descript buildings and shops. Many of the beautiful shophouses that used to line the streets have had horrendous facelifts and others have been gutted..
If the bodies concern does not arrest this issue soon, Seremban will one day soon lose its identity. Its cultural and historical identity is seriously in danger of vanishing into the abyss of indifference.