Which brands do you recognize?
Do you know that some of the familiar brands are from Malaysia? Based on the data gathered, some of these brands are growing even bigger and recognizable by their Malaysian logo; reaching even the global market, aside from the markets in Asia. With hundreds of companies receiving the National Mark of MALAYSIAN BRAND, some of them already gained recognition in the international market, including the European market. Here are the top 10 Malaysian brands that are making their name as Malaysian goods in the global market:
Petroliam Nasional Berhad or Petronas is the leading oil and gas government-linked company in Malaysia. The government owns and established the company in 1974. It grew bigger over the years, making it one of the top Malaysian brands in the country. In fact, Fortune Global includes Petronas in its list of the 500 largest corporations across the globe. Also, in 2017, Forbes Global 2000 ranked Petronas Gas as the 1881st largest company in the world. This year, despite the worldwide pandemic, Petronas remained tough as the company adopts a cautious outlook and anticipates challenges for the rest of the year.
Business Name: Petroliam Nasional Berhad
Address: Level 78, Tower 1, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malayan Banking Berhad or Maybank is Malaysia’s most valuable brand in terms of the banking industry. Maybank ranked fourth on top ASEAN banks and seventy-second in the world. Based on market capitalization and assets, it is one of the largest banks in all Southeast Asia banks. The Banker’s 2020 Top 1000 World Banks includes Maybank as one of the best. In fact, it ranked as the 106th bank in the world. In addition to that, Maybank is also the 349th among the top banks in the Forbes Global 2000. Meanwhile, the Banker named Maybank Islamic as the Global Islamic Bank of the Year 2020. As of the year 2020 ends, it already spanned 10 ASEAN nations with more than 2,600 retail branches.
Business Name: Malayan Banking Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 4:00
Address: Maybank Tower, 100, Jalan Tun Perak, Bukit Bintang, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Genting Malaysia Berhad or Genting is one of the top Malaysian brands. It owns and operates the country’s premier tourist resort, the Resorts World Genting, and two other seaside properties, the Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi. Resorts World Sdn Berhad incorporated Genting Malaysia as a private company on May 7, 1980. In 1989, Resorts World converted it into a public company and changed the name to Resorts World Berhad. In 2009, it changed the name subsequently into Genting Malaysia Berhad.
Business Name: Genting Malaysia Berhad
Address: 24th Floor, Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tenaga Nasional Berhad or Tenaga Nasional or Tenaga is a multinational electricity company in Malaysia. Being the largest public power company in the Southeast Asian countries, Tenaga Nasional grew even better over the years. It provides electric utility throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Its main core is to generate, transmit, and distribute electricity. Tenaga also provides services involving the repair, test, and maintenance of power plants and other electrical engineering services operating in Malaysia, Pakistan, Mauritius, Indonesia, and India. Tenaga is famous throughout the world, especially after the Forbes Global 2000 in 2020, making it one of the top Malaysian brands known worldwide.
Business Name: Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Address: Tenaga Nasional Berhad No 129, Jalan Bangsar 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Sime Darby Berhad or Sime Darby is a trading conglomerate in Malaysia. It is a government-linked company serving the country and the Asia Pacific market. William Sime and Henry Darby established the company under the name Sime Darby Holdings in 1910. However, big Malaysian investors acquired the company in 1977. Then in 1979, the owners incorporated it as Sime Darby Berhad and moved its headquarters to Kuala Lumpur. In January 2007, the owners merged it with 2 Malaysian giant companies, the Guthrie and Golden Hope. After the merging, they changed the name to Synergy Drive, but later on renamed it Sime Darby Berhad.
Business Name: Sime Darby Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 4:00
Address: Menara Sime Darby Oasis Corpor Pk, Jl PJU 1A/2, Ara Damansara Petaling Jaya, 47301 Malaysia
Digi.Com Berhad or Digi is the best brand when it comes to postpaid telecommunication plans and mobile service provider in Malaysia. It is the first in the country to fully operate a digital cellular network. For 25 years in the industry, the company connects businesses and Malaysians together. With its strong capabilities and expertise, it has reached millions of subscribers and earned a number of awards and recognition in the world, making it one of the top Malaysian brands.
Business Name: Digi.Com Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 4:00
Address: D’House, Lot 10, Jalan Delima 1/1 Subang Hi-Tech Industrial Park 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad or Dutch Lady Milk is the leading manufacturer of cow milk and dairy products in the country. It was previously operated under a Netherlands-based cooperative, Royal FrieslandFooods. The products that the company offers include pasteurized milk, growing up milk, UHT milk, family powdered milk, low-fat milk, yogurt, and low-fat yogurt. Despite the slowdown in the industry, Dutch Lady Malaysia remains on track in terms of sales, thus it is one of the top Malaysian brands in the world.
Business Name: Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 6:00
Address: Jalan 13/6, Pjs 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Proton Holdings Berhad or Proton is among the top Malaysian brands in the automotive industry. Mahathir Mohamad, the founder, established the company in 1983. Its name came from a Bahasa Malaysia acronym, PROTON from Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional. Originally, the company manufactured rebadged versions of the products of Mitsubishi Motors until it produced its first-ever indigenous car design in 2000. Since then, the company became famous throughout the world. In fact, more than 15 countries are selling Proton cars now.
Business Name: Proton Holdings Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 6:00
Address: 40918, Shah Alam, Malaysia, KESAS, Batu Tiga, 40918, Malaysia
Scientex Berhad or Scientex was established under the name Scientific Textile Industries Sendirian Berhad in 1968. It was pioneered to manufacture polyvinyl chloride leather cloth or PVC cloth and other sheeting products. It also manufactures thin plastic films or flexible films that are used for packaging. As the company grows, it was also diversified as a manufacturing company and distributor of different automotive components. Aside from the packaging division, the company also markets affordable property and quality homes. In 2020, it has reached the global market and made it one of the top Malaysian brands recognized in the world.
Business Name: Scientex Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 5:30
Address: 9, Persiaran Selangor, Seksyen 15, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Malayan Flour Mills Berhad or Malayan Flour Mills is a company based in Malaysia engaged in milling and selling wheat flour and in trading of grains and other poultry products. Through the years, it is recognized and awarded several awards as one of the best companies that reached the global market.
Business Name: Malayan Flour Mills Berhad
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 5:30
Address: 22nd Floor, Wisma MCA 163, Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)
Maggi, a food brand that successfully dominates the Malaysian market is actually not from Malaysia. We know that it must come as a real shock to learn that Maggi is not, in fact, a Malaysian brand. Instead, it is a global company that Julius Maggi created in Switzerland. Remember guys! Maggi belongs to Switzerland but no matter what, Maggi still wins Malaysians’ hearts!
Malaysia is known for its production of rubber and palm oil. However, how much did you know about the largest palm oil company in Malaysia? Fret not because we have the answer! Felda is a Malaysian palm oil company that has the world’s biggest palm oil plantation. This company owns 811, 140 hectares of palm oil trees!
According to Trading Economics (2022), Malaysia’s main exports are contributed by electrical and electronic products (36 percent), chemicals (7.1 percent), and petroleum products (7.0 percent). Then, it is followed by liquefied natural gas (6 percent), and palm oil (5.1 percent).
The answer is solid yes! In 1974, Petronas or Petroliam Nasional Berhad was established. It is a local company that focuses on the oil and gas industry. Petronas also provides services involving processed gas, gassing up and down, and LNG bunkering. Then, it is followed by a virtual pipeline system and also carbon dioxide.
Malaysia is not only leading in the plantation industry but also in the fashion and clothing industry. Here are some Malaysian brands that have already established their prestige and some of them have been continuously winning Malaysians’ hearts:
· Jimmy Choo
· Christy Ng
· Kittie Yiyi
· Pestle & Mortar Clothing
· Sometime by Asian Designers
· B. Adore
Did you know that some food brands in your kitchen are actually famous outside Malaysia? Below are some Malaysian food brands that are transported to other countries and gaining demand from the foreign market:
· Mister Potato
· OLDTOWN White Coffee
· Life Sauces
· Kawan Food
MAMEE is an undoubtedly famous snack brand that has sentimental value in most Malaysians’ childhood. It was first launched in 1974 and is clearly seen as popular among adults too. MAMEE has been producing snacks such as flavored potato crackers, instant noodles, beverages, and chicken cubes for soups and cooking. MAMEE’s business has been surviving for many years as it has a strong marketing strategy, delicious taste, and widespread availability.
Jimmy Choo is considered as one of the top Malaysian brands locally and globally as the shoes are handmade instead of manufactured by machines, have a wide range of styles of shoes for women out there, and offer high-quality craftsmanship. This brand was once used by Princess Diana. In 1990, Princess Diana always wore Jimmy Choo’s shoes to every destination that she went to.
The answer is yes! Only God knows how Malaysians are excited to come to the HABIB Jewels branches, especially during the discount sales! The originality of HABIB is what distinguishes it from other jewellers. To appeal to local tastes, HABIB always aims to stand out from the competition in the products it offers. The Oro Italia 916® collection, with its unique craftsmanship and artistry, was introduced by HABIB as the first local jeweller, and it quickly became popular with the community!
Oh, Larrie! Although the name of the brand itself sounds so American, but it is actually a local brand that specializes in creating comfortable and stylish footwear! Larrie was established in 1978 and it began first as a family-run business based in Kuala Lumpur. It is also famous among youngsters and professionals as Larrie shoes are beautifully crafted and at the same prioritizing the practicality.