Malaysia election: Mahathir struggles to sell The Loaf bakery chain to fund election campaign

The chain had another outlet in Langkawi, near the tourist beach strip of Cenang.
The chain had another outlet in Langkawi, near the tourist beach strip of Cenang. ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD
Dr Mahathir, who now leads federal opposition pact Pakatan Harapan (PH), told The Straits Times he wanted to sell the business to raise funds for his election campaign.
Dr Mahathir, who now leads federal opposition pact Pakatan Harapan (PH), told The Straits Times he wanted to sell the business to raise funds for his election campaign. ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.
The Loaf was the only premium bakery in the area and was popular among the yacht owners and foreign tourists.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

LANGKAWI - 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 Tun 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 this week, along with 11 other outlets in Malaysia.

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