The birth of McDonald's® began with Raymond Albert Kroc. Ray Kroc was the exclusive distributor of a milk shake maker called the Multimixer. Meanwhile, two brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald owned and ran a hamburger restaurant in San Bernadino, California, in the 1950s. Ray Kroc heard how well the McDonald brothers were doing using his Multimixers to serve their customers. He met up with them and acquired the franchising right from them to run McDonald's® restaurants.

A great success story was in the making.

In 1955, Ray Kroc founded the McDonald's® Corporation and opened the first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1961, he bought out the McDonald brothers. And the rest, as they say, is history. McDonald's® grew into the largest restaurant organisation in the world. Today, there are more than 33,000 McDonald's® restaurants in 119 countries. Ray Kroc died in 1984 but his legacy is very much alive. His success story continues with McDonald's® families of employees, franchisees and suppliers. His commitment, dedication and achievements continue to live on at McDonald's® restaurants across the world.

McDonald’s® Malaysia Corporate Milestones

  • McDonald’s® first restaurant in Malaysia opened at Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL.
  • Ayam Goreng McD was first introduced.
  • McDonald’s® opened its first Drive-Thru restaurant at Jalan Pahang (Titiwangsa)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia) was established.
  • McDonald’s® first franchised restaurant was opened in Sibu.
  • The Prosperity Burger was first created and launched in Malaysia.
  • McDonald’s® Delivery Service was introduced.
  • McDonald’s® is the first Quick Service Restaurant in Malaysia to obtain the Halal Certification from JAKIM.
  • RMHCTM opened its first Ronald McDonald House in Malaysia.
  • A new brand promise, “We’re out to make you smile” was put forward in celebration of the new millennium.
  • McDonald’s® is the first Quick Service Restaurant to form an alliance with an oil company when it opened at Mobil, Seremban Highway.
  • New local menu, Bubur Ayam McDTM , was launched nationwide.
  • Launch of the global “i’m lovin’ it” campaign
  • The annual Olympic Day Run was introduced to mark McDonald’s® worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Council.
  • McDonald’s® celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Malaysia.
  • McDonald’s® launched 24-hour service at over 70 restaurants nationwide.
  • Recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records for the Largest Participation for a Drive-Thru Challenge
  • First McCafé® in Malaysia opened at McDonald’s® Kota Damansara.
  • National Breakfast Day held for the first time in Malaysia with more than 2000,000 Egg McMuffins given away for free.
  • McDonald’s® received the Aon Hewitt Best Employers in Malaysia award for the third time in a row.
  • McDonald’s® won Gold at the Putra Brand Awards for the 5th year in a row.
  • McDonald’s® is now available in every state in Malaysia with the opening of its first restaurant in Perlis.
  • McDonald’s® introduces Lazeez (Chicken Foldover) and Mashwi (Beef Foldover) for Ramadan.
  • Cashless facility now available at McDonald’s®
  • McDonald’s® Delivery Service goes 100% online
  • Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Pte Ltd becomes the owner of McDonald’s® Malaysia through the McDonald’s® Developmental Licensee franchising structure.
  • McDonald’s® marks its 35th Anniversary in Malaysia.