The Ledang Recreational Park loses its appeal and becomes a hotspot for amorous activities
THE Ledang Recreational Park, which is known for its huge trishaw structure, among others, is now devoid of visitors because of the immoral activities that go on there.
Previously, there were 10 stalls operating at the park offering a wide variety of food but now there is only one stall despite the low rent of RM80 a month.
The playground at the park has also been abandoned. It is unusable and floods each time it rains. The huge trishaw has also not been maintained.
The park, located at the border of Johor and Malacca lost its appeal with the opening of the Ayer Keroh-Malacca-Jasin Highway, which provides a shortcut from Muar to Malacca.
Trader Kinbong Osman, 58, who is the only trader at the park, said the number of visitors has decreased over the last five years, while the poor lighting allows people to engage in amorous activities.
Kinbong's husband Zainal Abidin Abu, 63, hopes the Tangkak District Council (MDT) would take immediate action to repair the facilities and promote the park.
"The food court used to be a favourite among locals and visitors. But now, I'm the only one here. If not for my regular customers, I would have closed down a long time ago," said Zainal.
He said the park has also become an illegal dump site, which emits a stench.
"The government spent a lot of money to build this park and it should be maintained so that it continues to be an attraction," he said.