Thursday, December 4, 2008

About Tampin & Pulau Sebang

Tampin and Pulau Sebang are twin towns.

This article about them is from Wikipedia and The New Straits Times.

Tampin is a town and district in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

It is named for the traditional Malaysian container weaved from the pandanus fronds.

Tampin's town's centre is situated at the Negeri Sembilan and Melaka state boundary.

Pulau Sebang, a small town within the larger town of Alor Gajah in northern Melaka, is merged with the town centre of Tampin.

Tampin has a major railway station in its suburb Gemas, which is the meeting point of the West Coast and East Coast Peninsular Malaysian railway lines.

However, the railway station located closest to Tampin town centre is the Pulau Sebang railway station.

Prior to World War II, there was a railway line linking Pulau Sebang to Melaka City, but it was dismantled by the Japanese colonialists for the construction of the infamous Burmese Death Railway.

Tampin is governed by the Tampin Municipal Council, one of seven local authorities in Negeri Sembilan.

Pulau Sebang is governed by the Alor Gajah Municipal Council, one of three local authorities in Melaka.

A few schools, shops, government buildings and houses sit on the Negeri Sembilan-Melaka border and are thus shared between Tampin and Pulau Sebang.

Prominent Malaysians who hail from Tampin include former Cabinet Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn (whose hometown is Gemas), singer Khadijah Ibrahim, her elder brother actor Latiff Ibrahim and her elder sister actress Sofea Ibrahim.

Prominent Malaysians who hail from Alor Gajah (of which Pulau Sebang is a part) include journalist Ahirudin Attan, actor Faizal Hussein, former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Rahim Thambychik and former police chief Tan Sri Rahim Noor.