32nd Day

Posted On August 22, 2006

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NEGERI SEMBILAN DARUL KHUSUS,Negeri Sembilan, The Special Abode
‘THE SPECIAL ABODE’

Capital Seremban
Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 946,300 (est.): Malay 54.86%, Other Bumiputera 1.42% (Temuan, Semelai), Chinese 23.91%, Indian 15.24%, Others 0.43%, Non-citizens 4.14% (Indonesian, Vietnamese)

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 58.6%, Buddhism 20.3%, Hinduism 13.9%, Taoism/Confucianism 3.0%, Christianity 2.7%, Tribal 0.6%, Others 0.3%, No Religion 0.5%, Unknown 0.1%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 1.4% (Hardcore: 0.2%)

The name is believed to derive from the nine districts or nagari (now known as luak) where the Minangkabaus (originally from West Sumatra) settled during the 15th century.

In the 18th century, attacks by the Bugis forced the Minangkabaus to seek protection from a prince from their homeland. The Minangkabau ruler sent his relative, Raja Melawar. After stabilizing the situation, Raja Melawar established himself as Sultan of Johor and confirmed his position by the granting of the title Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan (He Who is Highest Lord of the Nine States) in 1773.

Negeri Sembilan has provisions on the procedure to convert out of Islam in its state Islamic enactment.

PRAY
1. People will know that God has created them uniquely in His own image.
2. Healing for the ageing survivors of the Japanese atrocities in World War II. [Jelebu, Kuala Pilah and Rembau witnessed some of the worst ‘Sook Ching’ atrocities committed by Japanese troops against the local Chinese population. Over 1,400 villagers were killed in the 1942 Jelulung Massacre in Titi.]
3. Relevant authority will take necessary steps to rectify the water woes in Seremban.
4. Effective rehabilitation programs and measures to combat drug abuse. [Drug addiction continues to be a pressing problem, especially among the youth in Seremban, Tampin and Jempol.]
5. Economic development and employment opportunities to prevent brain-drain.
6. Open doors for campus-outreaches. [Thousands of local and international students study at Nilai College and Inti College in Bandar Baru Nilai, and Lagenda College in Mantin.]
7. Church: unity, vision & passion for the lost, more dedicated leaders and committed full time workers. [Rapid migrations of Christians to Kuala Lumpur have drained some churches of their manpower.]

“Prayer does the things my hands cannot do” – Rev Voon Yuen Woh

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