MALACCA - The move to create bus motels by converting de-commissioned town buses into hotel rooms and eateries has hit a snag.
The Malacca Historic City Council (MBMB) is contemplating moving the site, known as "bustel", because it has become an eyesore.
The bustel at Dataran 1Malaysia, Klebang, has 32 fully air-conditioned rooms converted from de-commissioned stage buses. Other old buses were converted into restaurants and souvenir shops.
The vehicles were replaced with a modern fleet known as Panorama buses in 2012.
The bustel, which started operating in June last year, was to be Malacca's latest tourist attraction.
Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said the converted buses were corroded as they were placed near the beach.
The dirty surroundings also made it difficult to promote bustels to tourists.
MBMB special officer Yusof Abu Hassan said several problems had cropped up at the Klebang bustel.
Operators running businesses there had failed to comply with cleanliness guidelines and failed to pay their monthly rentals, some backdated up to seven months, he said. "Tourists were put off by the foul smell and the dirty surroundings."