In 1908, Mr. Lingham from Butterworth, Penang concocted a condiment sauce that might suit the taste palettes of British settlers at the time. The sauce used fresh chillies, salt, and vinegar and was sweet and not too spicy, unlike the traditional sambal belacan. It was well-received by both local and foreign customers. By the end of World War 2 in 1945, Lingham’s had become a famous brand and even began exporting to Great Britain. 110 years later, Lingham’s chilli sauce is still a Malaysian favourite for its unique balance between sweet and spicy.
Claytan’s history began with Mr. Tan Soon Heng, a Teochew native who started a small ceramics shop in 1920. As the family business grew, their ceramic products got better and more diverse. Today, nearly 100 years later, Claytan is a pioneer ceramic manufacturer and seller in the country with over 70% of their goods exported overseas. With their brand Claytan Signature, the company continues to maintain high brand value and prestige in the local and global market.
We all ate this brand of peanuts at some point, right? With their iconic ‘thumbs up’ logo, Ngan Yin has been a part of Malaysian snacking culture since 1945. What began as a small peanut farm in Perak is now an internationally-recognised brand with diversified products and advanced production methods.
As Malaysia (or Malaya back then) was on the verge of independence, two brothers from the Tan family started a partnership in 1957. They were the sole distributor of Nissan and Datsun cars, the first Japanese cars to be sold in Malaysia. As the business grew, the partnership turned into a limited company listed on the stock exchange. In 2017, the company celebrated its one millionth assembled Nissan vehicle. Today, Tan Chong has factory plants and operations in multiple ASEAN countries, making them a top automotive brand in the region.
UAC was formed the year Malaysia became a unified nation in 1963. The company supplied construction materials and developed innovative products to provide high-quality timber alternatives that are sturdy, weather-resistant yet sophisticated. In 2012, UAC was privatised and bought by Bousted Holdings. UAC’s line of products continue to be exported worldwide and used widely in residential, commercial and government projects.
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