Wednesday, 20 November 2019

McDonald’s contributes more than RM560,000 to assist the underprivileged in Kedah.

SUNGAI PETANI, 18 November 2019 – McDonald’s Malaysia today announced the company’s
contribution of more than RM560,000 through various initiatives to the Kedah rakyat through its
Community Programme. The McDonald’s Community Programme is an initiative by the leading quick-service restaurant to give back to the underprivileged communities nationwide.

The presentation of the contributions was held at McDonald’s latest restaurant in the state, the McDonald's Aman Jaya Drive-Thru in Sungai Petani. Among the community initiatives announced were McDonald’s business zakat contribution, appointment of youths to participate in McDonald’s SLDN training programme, and the presentation of “Back-to-School” packs to primary school children from urban poor and underprivileged families.

“Helping the underprivileged community is a core value of McDonald’s Malaysia. The McDonald’s Community Programme underscores our commitment to carry out community engagements nationwide as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald’s Malaysia.

"With the opening of our latest restaurant in Kedah, we are able to continue contributing to the local economy through job opportunities and talent development. At the same time, it enables us to reach out to more people from the underprivileged community through our many engagement initiatives,” added Azmir, who is also President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia. RMHC is McDonald’s charity of choice. 

YAB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Menteri Besar of Kedah, was the guest of honour at the event today.

“Under the Kedah 2020 Budget, the state government places a lot of emphasis on the underprivileged community, allocating over RM4 million to assist the underprivileged in efforts to eradicate poverty, as well as to carry out social development projects,” said Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz.

“Every effort carried out by McDonald’s Malaysia in the state is a reflection of its strong commitment to improve Kedah’s socio-economic status. We commend McDonald’s Malaysia’s Community Programme, as it benefits the Kedah rakyat as a whole,” added Dato' Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz.

McDonald’s Malaysia’s business zakat contribution

McDonald’s Malaysia fulfilled its zakat obligation to the state of Kedah for the year 2019, contributing a total of RM101,000.

McDonald’s Malaysia recently received the Corporate Zakat Contribution Certificate by Pusat Pungutan Zakat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (PPZ-MAIWP), and is in fact the first business to receive this recognition.

“As a business entity that is 100 percent owned by Muslims, it is a religious commitment for us to pay zakat to be distributed to those in need. We have been contributing zakat since 2017 under Lionhorn Pte Ltd, a unit of Reza Group,” said Azmir

McDonald’s youth employment initiative through NDTS

McDonald's National Dual Training System (NDTS) is an 18-month industry-oriented training programme which combines 70 percent of practical training in McDonald's restaurants and 30 percent of theoretical lessons in the classroom.

This fully-sponsored programme is accredited by the Department of Skills Development (DSD) – one of the efforts by the quick-service restaurant to elevate the standards of the company’s human capital development, and nurture new talents, in line with the national agenda.

"We are excited to welcome youths from the state of Kedah to participate in our training programme. We hope that through this programme, the selected individuals will learn the necessary skills to thrive and embark on promising careers that will help enhance the economic status of their families,” said Azmir.

The NDTS programme is part of the McDonald’s Community Programme organised for youths from the underprivileged community. Once these trainees pass the assessment and final test of the programme, they will be qualified for employment at McDonald’s restaurants.

Each trainee will be given a monthly living allowance of RM1,200, medical and insurance benefits, as well as free meals.

 “Back to School” Programme

1,680 children from 56 schools throughout Kedah will receive “Back-to-School” packs this year. The "Back-to-School" programme is an annual initiative led by McDonald's Malaysia and its charity of choice, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

The “Back-to-School” 2019 programme, launched in Kuala Lumpur in mid-October, is the largest so far – with RM3 million raised in order for 30,000 primary school children from urban poor and underprivileged families to receive “Back-to School" packs ahead of the 2020 school year. The packs will be delivered in stages to other states in Malaysia until the end of the year.

Each "Back-to-School" pack, worth RM100, consists of a set of school uniform, a pair of shoes, a pair of socks, and a school bag.

In 2018, McDonald’s Malaysia and RMHC delivered “Back-to-School” packs worth RM1.7 million to 17,000 primary school students. The year before that saw McDonald’s Malaysia and RMHC reaching out to 6,000 students with RM1.2 million raised.

RMHC is McDonald’s Malaysia’s charity of choice that aims to help underprivileged children in Malaysia. To donate or volunteer for RMHC Malaysia, please contact the headquarters of RMHC Malaysia at 03-7843 3388 or visit

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