Mahathir's bid to sell bakery chain fails

The sudden closure of The Loaf in Telaga Harbour caught many by surprise.
The sudden closure of The Loaf in Telaga Harbour caught many by surprise.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

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Situated on a boardwalk facing a marina of expensive yachts, The Loaf in Telaga Harbour, Langkawi, was the bakery chain's first outlet, known for its Japanese-style crispy croissants, cranberry cheese buns and tarts.

The brainchild of Malaysian former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, the 12-year-old lifestyle bakery and bistro was doing a roaring business serving breakfast and teatime crowds before it abruptly closed its doors last week, along with 11 other outlets in Malaysia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir's bid to sell bakery chain fails'. Print Edition | Subscribe