Toponymy Heritage Places of Malaysia
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JELEBU, NEGERI SEMBILAN

COORDINATES / KOORDINAT
33.0672° N; 102.11316° E (33° 4’ 1.92” N; 102° 6’ 47.38” E)

LOCATION
The district of Jelebu (136,751.49 hectar) forms 20.4% of Negeri Sembilan and is the second largest district in Negeri Sembilan after the district of Jempol. Jempol is hilly, particularly on its northern region which leads to the Titiwangsa Range. Hence, 61.83% of Jelebu (i.e., 84,556.25 hectar) is covered with thick forest. Jelebu is 34.1km to the North-East of Seremban via Route 86, and 57.3km from Seri Menanti via Route 51 and Route 8.

LOKASI
Daerah Jelebu yang berkeluasan 136,751.49 hektar ini membentuk 20.4% daripada keseluruhan keluasan Negeri Sembilan dan merupakan daerah kedua terbesar di Negeri Sembilan selepas daerah Jempol. Muka buminya lebih berbukit-bukit terutamanya di sebelah utaranya yang merupakan unjuran penghujung Banjaran Titiwangsa. Oleh yang demikian, 61.83% daripada keluasan keseluruhan Jelebu (iaitu 84,556.25 hektar) masih dilitupi hutan (Jelebu, 2014). Jelebu letaknya 34.1km Timur Laut Seremban melalui Jalan 86, dan 57.3km dari Seri Menanti melalui Jalan 51 dan Jalan 8.

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TOPONYMY
There are two versions of Jelebu’s toponymy.
The first version revolves around the story of Tok Batin Jelbu, the head of an indigenous group along Sungai Lumut. Tok Batin Jelbu farmed and pumpkin was one of those that he planted. One day after one whole day of working, Tok Batin Jelbu took a bath in Sungai Lumut. Suddenly there was a great downpour and the fast flowing current swept his body. His wife looked for him and called his name, “Jelbu….! Jelbu…!” Other indigeneous people at the place was not able to find him and they were later convinced that Tok Batin Jelbu was drowned and his body was no where to be found. Tok Batin Jelbu’s name was then used as the name of the place to commemorate the incident; however, the name then changed to “Jelebu”. The second version is also related to Tok Batin Jelbu; however, this version revolves around his crop – the pumpkins he cultivated. After his death, the pumpkins grew well and many people came to harvest them and named the place “Jalar Labu” (“Creeping Pumpkins” in English). The name, however, became “Jelebu” (Abdul Latip Talip, 2004).

TOPONOMI
Terdapat dua versi kepada toponimi Jelebu.
Toponimi pertama yang disampaikan berkisar kisah Tok Batin Jelbu, ketua suku kaum asli sekitar Sungai Lumut yang gigih bertani, termasuklah menanam buah labu. Pada suatu hari, ketika dia mandi di Sungai Lumut setelah seharian bekerja di ladangnya, hujan turun dengan lebatnya dan air sungai mengalir dengan deras. Tok Batin Jelbu tidak sempat naik ke darat dan dihanyutkan oleh air sungai yang deras itu. Isteri Tok Batin Jelbu mencari-cari suaminya dan memanggil-manggil nama suaminya “Jelbu…! Jelbu…!”. Orang-orang asli di kawasan tersebut juga tidak berjaya menemui Tok Batin Jelbu dan akhirnya mereka yakin bahawa Tok Batin Jelbu telah mati lemas di Sungai Lumut dan dibawa arus deras entah ke mana. Nama Tok Batin Jelbu digunakan sebagai nama tempat tersebut untuk mengenangkannya; namun lama kelamaan ianya bertukar menjadi “Jelebu”.
Kisah kedua masih berkisar tentang Tok Batin Jelebu; namun kisahnya berkaitan dengan buah labu yang ditanam Tok Batin Jelebu. Setelah kematian Tok Batin Jelbu, pokok labu yang ditanamnya tumbuh subur dan mengeluarkan buah yang banyak. Orang ramai datang ke situ untuk mengutip buah labu tersebut lalu menamakannya “Jalar Labu” (merujuk kepada sifat tanaman labu yang menjalar). Namun akhirnya, ianya bertukar menjadi “Jelebu” (Abdul Latip Talib, 2004).


TARIKAN

  1. Muzium Adat (Jabatan Muzium Malaysia), Kuala Klawang yang menghimpunkan adat dari pelbagai etnik di Malaysia, terutamanya Adat Perpatih Negeri Sembilan (Majlis Daerah Jelebu, 2013).

ATTRACTION

  1. Muzium Adat (Department of Museum, Malaysia), Kuala Klawang. Information on the customs and practices of the various ethnic groups in Malaysia can be found here, particularly on Negeri Sembilan’s Adat Perpatih.

REFERENCE
Abdul Latip Talib (July 19, 2004). Cerita Rakyat Negeri Sembilan [Blog post]. Retrieved at August 24, 2014 from http://novellatip.blogspot.com/2004/07/kumpulan-cerita-rakyat-negeri-sembilan.html
Jelebu. (2014). Retrieved at August 24, 2014 from http://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelebu
Majlis Daerah Jelebu. (2013). Muzium Adat. Retrieved at August 24, 2014 from http://www.mdjelebu.gov.my/web/guest/muzium1


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