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Seremban lies about one hour south of Kuala Lumpur in the south-west of Peninsular Malaysia, and is the capital of the state of Negeri Sembilan. Those travelling overland between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will pass through the town, which is the business and commercial centre of the state. Although it doesn't have its own airport or airstrip, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 are only a 30-minute drive away.

The Minangkabau culture still thrives in Seremban, making it a fascinating place to explore. The Minangkabau are famous for their unique roof architecture, which resembles buffalo horns, and can be see in a lot of the buildings in Seremban. Interestingly, the Minangkabau are also known for the practice of a matrilineal system of inheritance and administration called 'Adat Perpatih', in which women have a higher social status than men.

As part of the Greater Klang Valley conurbation, Seremban offers much more affordable living than Kuala Lumpur, and is now considered a great place for middle-income earners to live. Many people even opt to live in Seremban and commute to work daily in Kuala Lumpur, in spite of the relatively high toll charges.

New commercial and residential areas have been built in recent years, causing an increase in the town's population. Shopping complexes, private hospitals and educational institutions are expected to be part of the construction boom that is being experienced. With landed property becoming increasingly harder to come by in the Klang Valley, buyers are coming to Seremban in droves, and yet another massive housing project is underway. The construction of new highways has also contributed to its rapid development, and a fourth lane along the North-South Expressway from Nilai to Seremban is being constructed too.

Local economy and employment opportunities

In the 19th century, Seremban was a tin-mining settlement along the Linggi River. However, even though tin is still mined, rubber production is now the town's principal focus. Rice is also still grown in the padi fields in the well-drained valleys to the east of the town.

The economic map has been changing for business in the state, with the manufacturing sector outperforming every other sector in the Negeri Sembilan economy and contributing to almost half the state’s GDP. There has also been a considerable rise in the services industry, and the local government is aware that investment is required to sustain the state's economic growth. Fortunately, there doesn't appear to be any shortage of companies wanting to expand their operations by investing in the state, and a number of multinationals from Japan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union have offices here.

The 30-year Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV) project, which has been spearheaded by the private sector and supported by the federal and state government, is predicted to be launched by the end of 2017. The MVV will involve the more developed areas of the state namely Seremban and Port Dickson as more than 70% of the state's population lives in these districts and most of the industries are located there. The project's focus will initially be on tourism and the manufacturing sector but, in the long-term, higher value industries, such as green technology, are predicted to have a big effect in resolving environmental issues, as well as supporting economic and social growth.

It is believed that the project could attract more than RM296 billion in investment and create 1.38 million jobs, as well as provide public facilities, recreational areas, and affordable housing.

There are already two international schools and several universities in Seremban, but the town is also projected to see the opening of new high-tech industries, as well as research and educational facilities.

Given its strong manufacturing, services and tourism sectors, as well as the upcoming launch of the MVV project, foreign expertise is becoming increasingly more valuable in Seremban, as certain positions particularly those in the tourism sector are not always easily filled by the local labour market. A good command of English, as well as experience in Asia and a working knowledge of any Asian language, will be particularly benefical to prospective job candidates.

Finding a job in Seremban

If you wish to find a job in Seremban, it's advisable to browse on general and specialised job websites. Expatriate forums may als provide you with valuable support and insight.

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