Thursday, March 17, 2011

Perkasa 'finger licking good' appeal to Najib

Another tale from my uncles and their friends wakakaka, and it’s a finger licking good story.

I sought my elders’ views on KFC after reading The Malaysian Insider’s news article
Perkasa wants KFC chain to stay in Malay hands.

Malaysia’s favourite ultra-bogeyman has urged the government to ensure the local franchise for the popular Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food outlets remains in the hands of Malays, specifically a Malay company and not even a Malay individual.

Uniquely in Malaysia, KFC is probably the most popular western fast food chain, with 445 outlets throughout the country. When I first came to Australia I was shocked by the midget size of a typical KFC outlet in comparison to a typical Malaysian KFC restaurant. Then, in Oz’s KFC, chillie sauce has to be purchased in small sachets, unlike Malaysia where (at least during my time) a bottle stands on every table.

KFC is so popular in Malaysia that it’s a guaranteed big money earner for the franchise owner.

Today’s news report on Perkasa does not offend me as I support Ibrahim Ali’s appeal to the UMNO government to ensure the franchise ownership remains with a Malay company, Kulim, which oddly for its company name, is owned by Johor Corp, the investment arm of Johor State.

I presume many Malaysians would be like me, who do not want to see the magic 30% equity chipped once again by any individual through subsequent sale of the lucrative KFC franchise, nor for it to slip into non-Malay hands, thus providing reasons for perpetuating UMNO’s 'Never Ending Policy' (NEP).

But you know, not many people are aware that KFC, before it became known as KFC, and under its original name of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was franchised to a Chinese who opened the first Malaysian outlet in 1973 at a location in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (which I believe was originally called Batu Road).

How, what or why led to the change of the local franchise holder, from a Chinese businessman to a Malay one, is a bit blur even for my elders after 30 odd years.

But what they do remember was that the Chinese bloke kicked up a mighty big fuss when he realized he was losing it. The story went that he put up lots of theatrics to publicize his unhappy (and, according to him, most unfair) loss of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, like employing people to wear Mickey Mouse masks and carrying balloons and streamers to stage protests at various strategic locations in Kuala Lumpur.

It would seem in those happier days (though obviously not for that particular Chinese businessman, but for us) the police were less politically inclined and more neutral. I doubt such privately organized shows of protest would have been allowed today, let alone tolerated.

Uncle also remembers his theme song, always played aloud at his staged demonstrations of protest, strangely or ironically one which ought to be ‘owned’ by Dr Mahathir, namely “I did it my way”.

And now the end is near
So I face the final curtain

Indeed, he lost the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise forever more.

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention

I doubt that, as he was protesting vigorously with gimmicks and theatrics. The fact was the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was far too profitable to lose gracefully, especially if the loss had been due to, according to his assertions, unfair means.

My uncles and their friends couldn’t confirm the reason for the Chinese businessman losing the franchise but he sure reminded them of how he was not losing it without dramatic exhibitions of his anger and outrage at what he perceived to be unfair means to deprive him of that franchise. His constant use of the word ‘unfair’ was testament to his humongous dissatisfaction.

Another kaytee's unconfirmed story wakakaka.


  1. There is some confusion in the protest story.
    Apparently it is related to the palm oil market?
    I think the song was "impossible dream" or something like that.


  2. wakaka, he punt big in the CPO futures. Govt change rules, he got fuck big time and lost KFC.

    ya, before Kulim took control, there was a big fight between the chickenmen from Melaka and the bigtime stock market player for which inexplicably the latter being a son of the soil won. incidentally, he is under invetsigation by SC but you bet your last dollar son of soil has its privileges. He passed KFC on to Kulim wonder after taking out pepsi for his good buddy, who incidently tells everyone UMNO dont need chinese/indian/benggali votes. wakakaka really.

    wanna to know more, KT?

  3. Thanks to both Anons for additional/better info - as I had written: "How, what or why led to the change of the local franchise holder, from a Chinese businessman to a Malay one, is a bit blur even for my elders after 30 odd years", so your clarifications most certainly help. More info would be welcomed wakakaka

    And the government changing rules in midstream was also reflected in the London Tin Exchange where the victim that time was the Mahathir government.

  4. Just in case you were wondering, that chinese fella is George Ting. He was then in joint venture with a malay businessman by the name of Ishak Sarit or something and there was this big tussle for ownership of KFC between them and the Leong Hup brothers etc.


  5. But according to MY uncle, (hahaha...all the uncles coming out of the closet), the chinese fella was one guy name Loo, who first started out his very first KFC outlet in Thrifty Supermart ( now long since closed) in PJ and newspaper clippings will show how he himself will prepare the chickens in the homesy kitchen, cooked in the homestyle pressure cooker, a far cry from the new spanking outfit now in all the franchise outlets.

    Mr Loo did make a huge scene with Micky Mouse masks and whatnot, especially at the old Colliseum area in Batu Road ( now TAR road).

  6. if I remember correctly the commodity exchange was closed a few days due to the default.

    Some parliament members sugggested using ISA for people affecting the market.


  8. see