Najib: Not government’s fault ‘The Loaf’ closed shop

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Dr Mahathir's assertion was merely him blaming the government. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Dr Mahathir's assertion was merely him blaming the government. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

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SUBANG JAYA, April 15 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak claimed today Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has a penchant for faulting everyone but himself after the former premier reportedly blamed the government for The Loaf's closure.

Dr Mahathir had reportedly told Singapore’s Straits Times that the popular bakery franchise he helped found was forced to shut down when the potential buyer backed down from the deal due to pressure from the Inland Revenue Board.

“You can’t blame the government for everything,” Najib said at a Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) gathering here.

“If prices go up you blame the government, if fuel goes up you blame the government.. even when your bakery closed shop and you blame the government,” the Barisan Nasional chairman added.

The Premium Japanese-inspired bakery abruptly closed its business for good after operating for 12 years. The first store was launched in Langkawi by Dr Mahathir in 2006.

The bakery posted a closure notice at their Sogo KL outlet on Friday,  Local Chinese daily, Oriental Daily, reported.

The franchise was known for its mid-ranged bakery products and pastries.

Responding to the report, Dr Mahathir denied owning the franchise said he only owns some 200 units of shares in Malaysian Tobacco and Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB).

Najib said Dr Mahathir’s assertion blaming the the government for The Loaf’s closure typified the opposition he led as he sought to dissuade voters from supporting Pakatan Harapan on May 9.

“You cannot support a political party like this, which only knows how to blame the government for everything,” he said.

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