Interesting piece from Rocky's Bru today, read rocky's bru: Forgotten Saga
Yes, as rocky put it, it may have been an embarrassment and even an obstacle, to some, but not to this old man (I am not talking about Che Det by the way). He always thought highly of the feat and how the industry has catapulted the country once into the realm of industrialized nations. "Are we still heading there?" sometimes he would ask me. I did not know what to answer actually.
Sadly the original saga that he got in 1985 (as a token from Proton and the nation for naming the national car) is no more with him. He had to let go of the car to make ends meet (back in the 90's) for the family. My sisters and I were in the midst of furthering our studies to various institutions of higher learning during that time and that means money.
I did buy him an 85' Mazda 323 few years back (got it cheap from my father in law-you can always count on the father-in-laws). He loves the car but I know deep inside in him it is still not the Saga to replace the one he sold.