Malaysian general election, 1990
General elections were held in Malaysia on 21 October 1990. Elections to the federal [1 ] parliament and 11 of the 13 state assemblies (except Sabah and Sarawak) were held simultaneously. The result was a victory for the Barisan Nasional (BN) at the federal level and 10 of the 11 state elections. The opposition alliance Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU) won a landslide victory over BN in the state of Kelantan, winning all 39 state assembly seats. Voter turnout was 72.3%.
Background [ edit ]
The elections marked the first after
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party split and the subsequent constitutional crisis in 1988. The reconstituted UMNO Baru (New UMNO), led by incumbent Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and the newly formed Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46), led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, contested for the first time in the elections.
The Muslim opposition parties,
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), Semangat 46, Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (BERJASA) and Parti Hizbul Muslimin Malaysia (HAMIM) teamed up to form the Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU). On the other hand, Semangat 46, Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), which withdrew from the Barisan Nasional (BN) at the eleventh hour of the general election, teamed up as Gagasan Rakyat. However, these two opposition alliances cooperated in the election but not openly due to the sensitivity of the secular DAP and the Islamic PAS working together.
Results [ edit ]
At the federal level, the BN coalition under the leadership of incumbent Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad won 127 of the 180 parliament seats to form the federal government.
At the state level, the BN won 10 out of the 11 state elections. The APU won all 39 state seats in
Kelantan to form the state government, with 24 seats going to PAS and 15 for Semangat 46. [2 ]
Barisan Nasional 2,985,392
Democratic Action Party 985,228
Semangat 46 826,398
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party 391,813
Parti Bersatu Sabah 128,260
Other parties and independents
Source: Nohlen et al.
References [ edit ]
^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p152 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
^ Francis Kok-Wah Loh, Francis Loh Kok Wah, Boo Teik Khoo, Khoo Boo Teik (2002). Democracy in Malaysia: Discourses and Practices. Routledge. p. 95. ISBN 0-7007-1161-9.