HANGOUT:Market is not only vandalised but attracts undesirable characters
LOCALS here are urging the relevant authorities to do something about the abandoned market which has since become an eyesore.
A recent visit revealed that the building has not only fallen into a state of disrepair but had been terribly vandalised.
Public facilities like toilets can no longer be used after being damaged by irresponsible people.
Residents also worry that if the place was left unchecked, the market would soon become a hangout for drug addicts and alcoholics, especially since a number of liquor bottles had been found there.
Rabiah Rashid, 45, said the market is now a hangout for a group of men, causing concern among residents, especially women who walked by the area.
She said though policemen and Rela members were seen patrolling the area, the men would disappear when they see the authorities before reappearing later.
Haslinda Mohd Rahim, 47, said the abandoned market was an eyesore, especially for visitors to the recreational park, which was located just behind the building.
"The building shout not be left to rot. Something must be done, either to convert it to business premises or use it for some other purpose," she said.
Jempol District Council president Wan Razali Wan Awang said the market used to be occupied by traders before they began leaving as there was not much business.
"However, we will be doing something soon. Efforts are underway to turn the building either into a site for pasar tani, night or weekly market," he said.