Seremban's city status deferred to 2020

SEREMBAN: The move to officially declare Seremban a city has been deferred again, as the state Pakatan Harapan government now plans to do so only in 2020.

Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun said his administration wants to ensure all public infrastructure and basic amenities were in place before declaring Seremban a city.

"We also want to ensure that the employees in the new City Council would have settled nicely in their new headquarters by then," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting on Wednesday (Nov 21).

The previous Barisan Nasional government had planned to do so on Jan 14 next year in conjunction with the birthday celebration of Negri Sembilan Ruler Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.

The Cabinet together with the then Housing, Urban Well-being and Local Government Ministry had approved an application by the state government for city status for Seremban back in April 2012.

The move was only possible with the amalgamation of the Seremban and Nilai municipal councils.

Despite the approval from the federal authorities, former mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan decided against declaring Seremban a city and had for years worked on improving the public infrastructure and basic amenities here.

Since then, the move to officially declare Seremban a city had been announced several times but had to be deferred due to unforeseen circumstances.

In February, Mohamad said the Seremban and Nilai municipal council merger would have been completed this year and that the town would get city status next January.

He had also named the first mayor for Seremban then but Aminuddin's government decided to do away with that after winning the May 9 general election.

On a separate matter, Aminuddin said the Jempol District Council will be upgraded to a municipality on Jan 14 next year in conjunction with the birthday of Tuanku Muhriz.

Jempol will become the state's fourth municipality after Seremban, Nilai and Port Dickson.

He said Jempol's status has been upgraded following an increase in population and revenue collection.

"We will also be looking at upgrading the Tampin and Rembau district councils after this," he added.

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