Malaysian general election, 1990

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Malaysian general election, 1990
Malaysia
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21 October 1990 → 1995
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All 180 seats to the Dewan Rakyat
and all 399 state legislature seats in 11 (out of 13, except Sabah and Sarawak) states of Malaysia

91 seats needed for a majority
Registered 8,000,000
Turnout 5,751,725 (72.3%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Mahathir 2007.jpg Lim Kit Siang cropped.jpg Tengku-razaleigh.jpg
Leader Mahathir Mohammed Lim Kit Siang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Party Barisan Nasional DAP Semangat 46
Leader since 16 July 1981 October 1969 1989
Leader's seat Kubang Pasu Tanjong Gua Musang
Last election 148 seats, 57.3% 24 seats, 21.1% New Party
Seats won 127 20 8
Seat change Decrease 21 Decrease 4
Popular vote 2,985,392 985,228 826,398
Percentage 53.4% 17.1% 14.8%
Swing Decrease 3.9% Decrease 4.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  PAS PBS
Leader Fadzil Noor Joseph Pairin Kitingan
Party PAS PBS
Leader since 1989 5 March 1985
Leader's seat No seat Keningau
Last election 1 seat, 15.5% 10 seats (part of Barisan Nasional)
Seats won 7 14
Seat change Increase 6 Increase 4
Popular vote 391,813 128,260
Percentage 7.0% 2.3%
Swing Decrease 9.5%

Prime Minister before election

Mahathir Mohammed
Barisan Nasional

Prime Minister-designate

Mahathir Mohammed
Barisan Nasional

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General elections were held in Malaysia on 21 October 1990.[1] Elections to the federal 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]

Parliamentary 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.

Political Party Votes % of vote Seats % of seats +/–
National Front BN 2,985,392 53.4 127 70.6 -21
United Malays National Organisation UMNO 71 39.4 -12
Malaysian Chinese Association MCA 18 10.0 +1
United Traditional Bumiputera Party PBB 10 5.6 +2
Malaysian Indian Congress MIC 6 3.3 0
United Sabah National Organisation USNO 6 3.3 +1
Malaysian People's Movement Party Gerakan 5 2.8 0
Sarawak Native People's Party PBDS 4 2.2 -1
Sarawak United People's Party SUPP 4 2.2 0
Sarawak National Party SNAP 3 1.7 -1
People's Progressive Party PPP 0 0.0 0
Muslim Unity Movement APU 1,218,211 21.8 15 8.3 New
Semangat 46 S46 826,398 14.8 8 5.3 New
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 391,813 7.0 7 3.9 +6
People's Concept GR 1,113,488 19.4 34 18.9 New
Democratic Action Party DAP 985,228 17.1 20 11.1 -4
United Sabah Party PBS 128,260 2.3 14 7.7 +4
Other parties and independents 276,136 4.9 4 2.2 0
Valid votes 5,593,227
Invalid/blank votes 158,498
Total (turnout: 72.3%) 5,751,725 100.0 180 100.0 +3
Did not vote 2,248,275
Registered voters 8,000,000
Voting age population (aged 21 years and above) 8,882,000
Malaysian population 17,764,000
Source: Nohlen et al. [1]

State assembly results[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p152 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ 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.