Malaysia's Accidental Fashion Icon

Malaysia's Accidental Fashion Icon

Footwear brand Bata recently got its moment in the spotlight after Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (pictured) was seen sporting a pair of slippers from the brand.

A picture of the PM wearing the pair of classic Bata slippers began circulating online last week, with a user stating that he was a humble man who did not need any Gucci or Hermes. Instead, a pair of Bata slippers was good enough for him.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

In a Facebook post that garnered over 10k reactions, 6,305 shares and 1.6k comments at the time of writing, Bata described the pair of slippers as “Ramadan 2018 hottest selling accessory”. A few netizens commented that Bata now stands for “Buy and Tun Approved”, while others commented that the slippers have sold out. Some also said that they have been wearing Bata products since young. 

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)


Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)


The Bata Facebook post has called it the “hottest selling” item for the holy month of Ramadan.

“Ramadan 2018 hottest selling accessories, as worn by Tun M! Check it out at your nearest Bata outlets or our online store,” it said.

The sandals were first noticed by Instagram user @azranshah, who posted a photo of Mahathir and his sandals in the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya.

“Saw this from a friend’s story, our humble Tun need no Gucci or Hermes, just Bata is good to go. Love you Tun,” said the user in a post, pointing at the sandals

(Photo courtesy: PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Facebook)

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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