As expected, Barisan Nasional comfortably maintained its majority in the Malaysian Parliament and thus, gave the Prime Minister the power to form a government with a free hand. Out of 154 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, Despite the victory, BN actually lost four seats to the opposition, attributed to PAS' decision to opt out of UMNO; UMNO was and still is one of the major component parties within BN.
Berjasa had previous controlled the state of Kelantan. Its separation out of UMNO cost it the control of Kelantan to its former ally. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has been credited for UMNO's victory in Kelantan.
The opposition garnered 42.8% of total votes. In spite of that, the opposition as one won only 23 seats. Democratic Action Party won the largest slice of the pie among the opposition parties and hence, its leader Lim Kit Siang retained his position as the leader of the opposition that he had obtained four years earlier.