“It all began in ;s Father of Modernisation, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, ;s dream to accelerate Malaysia. Proton was officially incorporated on May . The first model, the Proton Saga, was commercially launched on July . The name was chosen by Ismail Jaafar, a retired military soldier, and derived from (Adenanthera pavonina), a type of seed commonly found in Malaysia. The first new market for the Proton Saga was Singapore, right across the Straits of Johor.