9 brands often mistaken to be Malaysian

Just when you think that some brands like Bata is proudly owned by Malaysia, you will be surprised to find out that you have made the biggest mistake all these while.

Here are the 9 brands you might have probably thought were from good ol' Malaysia but in truth are from some exotic faraway land.

1) Bata

Founded in 1894 in Czech Republic by Tomáš Baťa, his brother Antonín and his sister Anna, whose family had been cobblers for generations.

2) Milo

Introduced in 1934 by an Australian industrial chemist and inventor, Thomas Mayne, in Sydney, Australia.

3) Maggi

The international brand was founded in Switzerland in 1872 by Julius Maggi.

4) Fraser and Neave (F&N)

The food and beverage, brewing and publishing conglomerate was formed in 1883 by John Fraser and David Chalmers Neave in Singapore.

5) Nescafe

The flagship powered coffee brand was introduced by Nestle in Switzerland on April 1, 1938.

6) Paper Mate

Founded by Patrick J. Frawley in the 1940s in USA.

7) Pilot

Founded by Ryosuke Namiki with Masao Wada, Japan in 1918 under the name of the Namiki Manufacturing Company.

8) AVON

The manufacturing and direct selling company in beauty, household, and personal care, AVON, was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886, New York City, USA.

9) Kopiko

Kopiko was produced by a consumer products company, PT Mayora Indah Tbk, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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