1986 Malaysian general election

A general election was held between Saturday, 2 August and Sunday, 3 August 1986 for members of the 7th Parliament of Malaysia.[1] Voting took place in all 177 parliamentary constituencies of Malaysia, each electing one Member of Parliament to the Dewan Rakyat, the dominant house of Parliament. State elections also took place in 351 state constituencies in 11 (out of 13, except Sabah and Sarawak) states of Malaysia on the same day.

1986 Malaysian general election

2 August 1986 (1986-08-02) - 3 August 1986 (1986-08-03)

All 177 seats to the Dewan Rakyat
89 seats needed for a majority
Turnout4,752,004 (74.39%)
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Mahathir Mohamad Lim Kit Siang Yusof Rawa
Leader since 28 June 1981 1 October 1969 1982
Leader's seat Kubang Pasu Tanjong No seat
Last election 132 seats, 60.5% 9 seats, 19.6% 5 seats, 14.5%
Seats won 148 24 1
Seat change 16 15 4
Popular vote 2,649,238 975,544 716,952
Percentage 57.3% 21.1% 15.5%
Swing 3.2% 1.5% 1.0%

Prime Minister before election

Mahathir Mohamad

Prime Minister-designate

Mahathir Mohamad


Dewan Rakyat

 Summary of the 2 – 3 August 1986 Malaysian Dewan Rakyat election results
Party Vote Seats
Votes % Won % +/–
National Front[lower-alpha 1]BN2,649,23857.2814883.62+16
United Malays National OrganisationUMNO1,474,06331.068346.89+13
Malaysian Chinese AssociationMCA589,28912.42179.60-7
Malaysian People's Movement PartyGerakan149,6443.1552.820
Malaysian Indian CongressMIC104,7012.2163.39+2
Sarawak United People's PartySUPP93,0181.9642.26-1
United Sabah PartyPBS73,7861.55105.65New
United Traditional Bumiputera PartyPBB48,3671.0284.520
Sarawak National PartySNAP34,2210.7242.26-2
Muslim People's Party of MalaysiaHAMIM29,9430.6310.56New
United Sabah National OrganisationUSNO27,4090.5852.82+5
Sarawak Native People's PartyPBDS24,8220.5252.82New
People's Progressive PartyPPP00.000
Democratic Action PartyDAP975,54421.092413.56+15
Pan-Malaysian Islamic PartyPAS716,95215.5010.56-4
Malaysian People's Socialist PartyPSRM00.000
Social Democratic PartySDP00.000
Nationalist Party of MalaysiaNASMA00.00New
Sabah People's United FrontBERJAYA00.000
Sabah National Momogun PartyMOMOGUN00.00New
Sarawak United Labour PartyPLUS00.00New
Other parties136,6352.9500.000
Valid votes4,625,272
Invalid/blank votes126,732
Total (turnout: 74.39%)4,752,004100.00177100.00+23
Did not vote2,039,442
Registered voters6,791,446
Voting age population (aged 21 years and above)7,893,900
Malaysian population16,110,000
Source: Nohlen et al.
  1. Contested using dacing election symbol on the ballot papers.

Results by state

State Assemblies


  1. Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p152 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
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