The flea market in Rengit is conspicuous for its two extensive rows of ramshackle shacks lining both sides of the road that snakes alongside the Rengit river. What struck me too as odd was that the Malay women do not wear tudung or the baju kurung. I was later told that it was a settlement of 'orang asli' or indigenous people. On the Sultan's directive, they were allowed to occupy state land to conduct their businesses.
A view of the shacks that sell an astonishing variety of second hand goods as well as new teak or rosewood furniture
These shacks double up as living quarters for the families where cooking and washing are done at the back. What is noticeably lacking is a systematic drainage sytem which causes some compounds of houses at the back to be water-logged
This sells used furniture made from 'jati' or teak wood. A lot of this furniture is brought in from Singapore without tax, a privilege accorded by the Sultan of Johor