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 was first brought to Malaysia by YBhg Tan Sri Vincent Tan.
29 April 1982
The first McDonald’s restaurant in Malaysia was opened at Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
2 November 1987
Ayam Goreng was first introduced in McDonald’s Malaysia.
19 December 1988
McDonald’s Malaysia’s first Drive-Thru restaurant was opened at Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur (McDonald’s Titiwangsa)
15 February 1990
Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia) was established and is McDonald’s charity of choice.
20 January 1993
McDonald’s first franchised restaurant was opened in Sibu.
The Prosperity Burger was first created and launched in Malaysia.
28 March 1994
McDonald’s Delivery Service was first introduced.
McDonald’s is the first Quick Service Restaurant in Malaysia to obtain the Halal certification from JAKIM.
McDonald’s Malaysia opened its 100th restaurant at Sunway Pyramid shopping complex.
21 June 1999
RMHC 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.
20 January 2001
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 McD, was launched nationwide.
28 September 2003
Launch of the “i’m lovin’it” campaign to revitalize the McDonald’s brand.
McDonald’s Malaysia’s employee was sent to the athlete’s village in Athens, Greece in conjunction with the 2004 Olympic Games.
The annual Olympic Day Run was introduced to mark McDonald’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Council.
Open Doors programme was introduced where customers were allowed to witness first-hand the Food Quality and Safety practices at McDonald’s®.
McDonald’s celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Malaysia.
McDonald’s started opening 24 hours at over 70 restaurants nationwide.
Recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records for the Largest Participation for a Drive-Thru Challenge for serving more than 18,000 cars in the course of 3 hours at over 50 McDonald’s Drive-Thrus nationwide.
McDonald’s Malaysia first surpassed RM1 billion in sales.
First McCafe in Malaysia opened at McDonald’s Kota Damansara.
McDonald’s Breakfast Day held for the first time in Malaysia with more than 200,000 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 under the Fast Food category for the 5th time in a row.
McDonald’s is now available in every state in Malaysia with the opening of its first restaurant in Perlis.