ONE of the more unique McDonald's outlets in Malaysia is located in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan.
The restaurant is the first to boast a distinctive design influenced by traditional Negeri Sembilan houses, which often feature long roofs.
Before it was taken over by McDonald's Malaysia, the building used to be the Tampin Rest House.
In addition to its remarkable architecture, what makes this restaurant special is that it has a sensory room, known as the Ronald McDonald - Yayasan Jaafar Ahmad Sensory Room.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has been funding Ronald McDonald Sensory Rooms across the country since 1999.
These sensory rooms are designed specifically for children with special needs, particularly those in the B40 group, to help them enhance their cognitive skills and self-esteem.
To date, RMHC has built 35 sensory rooms across Malaysia at the cost of more than RM4 million and currently boasts the largest network of sensory rooms in the country. This benefits more than 7,000 children, including those in Sabah and Sarawak.
Since its debut at the end of 2020, the McDonald's Tampin outlet has amassed impressive sales, a figure to be proud of for such a young establishment.
The restaurant is the 15th to open in Negeri Sembilan, and its strategic location near the Melaka-Negeri Sembilan state border makes it convenient for customers from all around the state.
At the restaurant's official opening ceremony on March 8, Datuk Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald's Malaysia, said that he hopes the outlet will contribute to the state's socio-economic development and provide employment opportunities for the local community.
"The opening of McDonald's Tampin Restaurant is in line with McDonald's Malaysia's development plan as a result of the business' improved performance," Azmir continued.
"It will contribute to the socio-economic development of Negeri Sembilan as well as employment opportunities for the local community which, in turn, can improve their standard of living."
Datuk Seri Haji Aminuddin bin Harun, menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan, presided over the opening ceremony on March 8.
"I am very proud of the opening of this new McDonald's restaurant as it is part of the government's efforts to improve the socio-economy and move towards the transformation of Negeri Sembilan as a developing state, " he said.
McDonald's Malaysia also handed over RM180,000 in corporate zakat payments to the Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Council (MAINs) to be disbursed to asnaf beneficiaries and the underserved in Negeri Sembilan at the same ceremony.