FRESH START: White elephant to get a new lease of life after being vacant for 10 years
PONTIAN: MARA will turn the top floor of the double-storey arcade at Kukup Laut in Pontian, into a budget hotel.
The top floor has been vacated since the past 10 years.
Mara deputy director-general (Entrepreneurship) Mohd Rosdi Ismail said the top floor of the building was meant for food sellers but they had declined to operate there due to poor business.
"This is because the elderly and the disabled are finding it difficult to go upstairs.
"Rather than leave it vacant and lose revenue, we will utilise the space to open a budget hotel.
"This venture is quite feasible as the arcade is near the Kukup ferry terminal for tourists from Indonesia and Singapore," he said.
It was reported that there has been a lack of shoppers at the arcade after it was opened for business 10 years ago.
Only three shops are in operation at the ground floor.
Rosdi said Mara has so far received three applications for the budget hotel but the agency has yet to decide on who would run it.