Jelebu District

The Jelebu District (Negeri Sembilan Malay: Jolobu) is the second largest district in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia after Jempol, with a population over 40,000. Jelebu borders on the Seremban District to its west and Kuala Pilah District to its south, Jempol District to its southeast, Bentong and Bera Districts, Pahang to its east and Hulu Langat District, Selangor to the north. Jelebu is a suburban district with blossoming semi-agricultural industry. Jelebu is also a parliamentary constituency of the Dewan Rakyat in the Malaysian Parliament. Kuala Klawang is the principal town of the district.

Jelebu District
Daerah Jelebu
Other transcription(s)
Location of Jelebu District in Negeri Sembilan
Jelebu District
Location of Jelebu District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 3°0′N 102°05′E
Country Malaysia
State Negeri Sembilan
SeatKuala Klawang
Local area government(s)Jelebu District Council
  District officerSyahrunizam Shahwan[1]
  Total1,349.89 km2 (521.20 sq mi)
  Density28/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+8 (Not observed)
71600 - 71650
Calling code+6-06
Vehicle registration platesN
Jelebu District Council

Majlis Daerah Jelebu
مجليس دايره جيليبو
Founded28 August 1980
Abdul Rahim A.Aziz
Meeting place
Wisma MDJ, Jalan Simpang Pertang, 71600 Kuala Klawang, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.

Jelebu has an infamous recorded history of British and Japanese colonization as compared to other parts of Negeri Sembilan. Numerous priceless colonial artefacts were discovered in the small semi-agricultural town of Sungai Muntoh, which was once a prosperous mining town a century ago. These artefacts are now displayed in the state museum. Titi and neighbouring Sungai Muntoh were the most developed towns of all mining sites in Jelebu. The booming tin industry was one of the main reasons for the massacre in Titi, where more than 1,500 people, mainly Chinese, were killed. Altogether, about 5,000 people were killed by the Japanese-led army during World War II.

Geography and climate

The Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between Jelebu and Seremban districts

The Titiwangsa Mountains, the longest mountain range in Malaysia, transverses through Jelebu District. As a result, most of its terrain are generally heavily forested and mountainous, specifically on its northern and western regions. The eastern and southern parts of the district are relatively flat, where agriculture flourished. Jelebu District is home to Negeri Sembilan's tallest mountain, Mount Besar Hantu (1,462 m), near the border with Pahang. Other significant peaks within the district are Mount Telapak Buruk (1,193 m) and Mount Berembun (1,017 m), both located along the border with Seremban District. The Pasoh Caves, the southernmost limestone cave complex in Malaysia, is also located in Jelebu. The Pasoh Caves are also known for being the first Paleolithic site in southern Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the southernmost in Malaysia.[4][5][6][7][8]

Jelebu has the warmest climate recorded in Malaysian history. The southwestern part of Jelebu is considered as the driest place in Malaysia. However, in the mornings the temperatures are quite low and visibility is moderate due to the foggy climate.

Administrative divisions

Jelebu District is divided into 8 mukims, which are:[9]

  • Glami Lemi
  • Kenaboi
  • Kuala Klawang (Capital)
  • Peradong
  • Pertang
  • Triang Hilir
  • Ulu Klawang
  • Ulu Triang


Historical population
1991 40,012    
2000 37,194−7.0%
2010 38,299+3.0%
2020 46,026+20.2%
Source: [10]


The rubber and mining business made Malaya as one of the richest in natural resources during the British colonial period. Jelebu was one such district that produced some of the world's best quality rubber and steel. Pineapple production there is ranked one of the top in Peninsular Malaysia. For some unknown reasons, Jelebu is home to some of the state's biggest and most advanced rehabilitation centres.

Jelebu is also a major hub for ecotourism, with the presence of nature reserves such as Jeram Toi, FRIM Pasoh, and Kenaboi State Park.


Currently Jelebu constituency is represented in the Dewan Rakyat by Dato' Jalaluddin Bin Alias of UMNO, the leading party of the federal opposition coalition Barisan Nasional.[11]

In turn, Jelebu contributes 4 seats to the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly:

  • Chennah;
  • Kuala Klawang;
  • Pertang; and
  • Sungai Lui.

Sungai Lui constituency is part of Jelebu parliamentary constituency but in district administration, it was part of the Jempol District and therefore in the local government level it was administered by the Jempol District Council (Malay: Majlis Daerah Jempol), which was formed on 28 August 1980 through the merger of the Kuala Klawang Town Board (Malay: Lembaga Bandaran Kuala Klawang) and the local councils (Malay: Majlis Tempatan) of Titi and Pertang.[12]

Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats

List of Jelebu district representatives in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)

ParliamentSeat NameMember of ParliamentParty
P126 Jelebu Jalaluddin Bin Alias Barisan Nasional (UMNO)

List of Jelebu district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)

ParliamentStateSeat NameState AssemblymanParty
P126 N1 Chennah Loke Siew Fook Pakatan Harapan (DAP)
P126 N2 Pertang Noor Azmi Bin Yusof Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
P126 N4 Klawang Bakri Bin Sawir Pakatan Harapan (AMANAH)

Tourist attractions

  • Customs Museum (Malay: Muzium Adat) is a museum in Kuala Klawang which exhibits facets and lifestyle of the Malaysian people and identity of Negeri Sembilan.[13][14][15] It was constructed in 2005 and officially opened on 2 February 2008 by Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister Mohamad Hasan and Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage Rais Yatim.[16] The museum is housed in a four-story building, with a giant replica of Malay headdress at the top of its entrance and consists of four galleries, which are: Introduction of custom, Life cycle, Intellectual tradition, government and power and Pepatih customs.[17][16]
  • Kuala Klawang Memorial or Martin Lister Memorial is a memorial in Kuala Klawang built to honouring Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.[18]

See also


  1. "Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Jelebu - Utama". Archived from the original on 22 September 2017.
  2. "Laman Web Rasmi Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Jelebu - Profil Daerah Jelebu".
  3. "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  5. "Gua Pelangi findings add value to Negeri Sembilan history". 22 November 2017.
  6. "Negeri Sembilan's Rainbow Cave Dig-Gua Pelangi". 6 August 2018.
  8. "Limestone hills". 25 February 2018.
  10. "Key Findings Population and Housing Census of Malaysia, 2020" (in Malay and English). Department of Statistics, Malaysia.
  11. "Ahli Parlimen". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  12. "Latar Belakang". 9 October 2015.
  13. "Muzium Adat" (in Malay). Majlis Daerah Jelebu. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  14. "Customs Museum". Department of Museums Malaysia. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  15. BERNAMA (25 January 2013). "Muzium adat Jelebu" (in Malay). Utusan Online. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  16. "Kuala Klawang Customs Museum (Muzium Adat)". Malaysia Traveller. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  17. shakiddo (11 September 2014). "Terokai Negeri Sembilan di Muzium Adat Jelebu" (in Malay). Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  18. "Kuala Klawang Memorial". Malaysia Traveler. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
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