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.

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McDonald’s® Malaysia Corporate Milestones

1982 Apr
McDonald’s first restaurant in Malaysia opened at Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL.
1987 Nov
Ayam Goreng McD was first introduced.
1988 Dec
McDonald’s opened its first Drive-Thru restaurant at Jalan Pahang (Titiwangsa).
1990 Feb
Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia) was established.
1993 Jan
McDonald’s first franchised restaurant was opened in Sibu.
The Prosperity Burger was first created and launched in Malaysia.
1994 Mar
McDonald’s Delivery Service was introduced.
1995 Feb
McDonald’s is the first Quick Service Restaurant in Malaysia to obtain the Halal Certification from JAKIM.
1999 Jun
RMHC™ opened its first Ronald McDonald House in Malaysia.
1999 Jul
A new brand promise, “We’re out to make you smile” was put forward in celebration of the new millennium.
2001 Jan
McDonald’s is the first Quick Service Restaurant to form an alliance with an oil company when it opened at Mobil, Seremban Highway.
2002 Jul
New local menu, Bubur Ayam McDTM , was launched nationwide.
2003 Sep
Launch of the global “i’m lovin’ it” campaign.
2004 Jul
The annual Olympic Day Run was introduced to mark McDonald’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Council.
2007 Apr
McDonald’s celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Malaysia.
2007 Jun
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.
2012 Jun
First McCafé in Malaysia opened at McDonald’s® Kota Damansara.
2012 Nov
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.
2016 Jul
McDonald’s Delivery Service goes 100% online.
2016 Dec
Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Pte Ltd becomes the owner of McDonald’s Malaysia through the McDonald’s Developmental Licensee franchising structure.
2017 Apr
McDonald’s marks its 35th Anniversary in Malaysia.
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