Port Dickson

Port Dickson is a town on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It used to be a small town before it was developed into a harbour by the British during the Straits Settlement era.  The town produced charcoal and was called Arang. Port Dickson was also known as “Tanjung” meaning cape in Bahasa Malaysia.
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Port Dickson is a town on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It used to be a small town before it was developed into a harbour by the British during the Straits Settlement era.  The town produced charcoal and was called Arang. Port Dickson was also known as “Tanjung” meaning cape in Bahasa Malaysia.


Port Dickson is a town on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It used to be a small town before it was developed into a harbour by the British during the Straits Settlement era.  The town produced charcoal and was called Arang. Port Dickson was also known as “Tanjung” meaning cape in Bahasa Malaysia.

There are two versions of the story how Port Dickson got its name. The first is the name of the officer in-charge of the harbour and the second claimed that Port Dickson was named in honour of Sir John Frederick Dickson, a British colonial administrator in Singapore.

Port Dickson is famed for its 18 kilometres long of beaches.  It is a popular holiday destination for locals and tourists alike. The Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club was opened in 1972. Other tourist attractions include the Lukut Fort and Museum and the Army Museum which exhibits historical items such as army vehicles, memorial fountain and a subterranean tunnel.

Apart from tourism, there are two refineries that make significant contributions to Port Dickson's economy. They are the Shell Refining Company operating since 1962 and Petron (previously ExxonMobil) which started operation a year later, in 1963.

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