LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Apr 2018 10pm

Mahathir's Bakery 'The Loaf' In Bangsar Village II Closes Shop

A branch of 'The Loaf' bakery owned by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad located in Bangsar Village II has closed down.

Our visit to the premises on the ground floor of the shopping complex found the shop to be covered in black curtains apart from the tables and chairs arranged in a corner, and utensils wrapped in plastic to be unloaded.

Malaysian Digest also interviewed several employees in Bangsar Village II, among them, a jewellery store employee who only wants to be known as Quinie, and questioned the same thing.

"I’ve noticed that The Loaf hasn't been opened for quite a while. Otherwise, we’d usually smell the bread," she said.

While a cosmetic’s company employee, Sarah, told us The Loaf did not get enough traffic because of its location that is a bit hidden compared to other restaurants on the same floor.

"There weren't a lot of customers but of course there were those who came," she said.

For further clarification, we contacted The Loaf and the spokesperson confirmed that the branch in Bangsar Village II was no longer in operation since May 15 (Monday), but denied that the business was lackluster.

"It wasn't because there was no sales. Other branches are still in operation. Only the one in Bangsar Village II closed down," the spokesperson clarified.

The Loaf is a company under M&M Consolidated Resources Sdn Bhd owned by Dr Mahathir that started to expand in 2006 after opening its first branch in Telaga Harbour, Langkawi.

The Japanese-inspired bakery later added several other branches in the Klang Valley which are located in Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya, Pavillion and Sogo in Kuala Lumpur; as well as The Mines, Seri Kembangan.

Among the loyal fans of The Loaf is blogger and former MalayMail executive editor, Datuk Ahiruddin Attan who expressed his dismay at seeing another bumiputra company closing shop.

"Now, Citrus Cafe & Restaurant is the only bumiputra-owned shop left in Bangsar Village II," said Ahiruddin who is better known as Rocky Bru.

Dismissing the claims that The Loaf's closure had to do with Dr Mahathir joining the opposition, Rocky said that it is the nature of business.

"Although Dr Mahathir is no longer with the government, I still come to The Loaf. I have been supporting this shop since they started their operations in Kuala Lumpur.

"Even Marina Mahathir does not support The Loaf like I do. If Marina comes here she doesn't eat at The Loaf.

"It's saddening to see another bumiputra company close down. Maybe it is because of the competition as there are several other restaurants that are located on the same floor as The Loaf," he added.