Credit by Mahathir and his sandals © Business Insider
Malaysia's Accidental Fashion Icon
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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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