State legislative assemblies of Malaysia

A state legislative assembly (Malay: Dewan Undangan Negeri, DUN; also known simply as state assembly) is the legislative branch of the state governments of each far of the 13 Malaysian states. Members of a state legislative assembly comprises elected representatives from single-member constituencies during state elections through the first-past-the-post system.

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The assemblies have powers to enact state laws as provided for by the Constitution of Malaysia. The majority party in each assembly forms the state government, and the leader of the majority party becomes Menteri Besar (for states with hereditary rulers) or Chief Minister (for states without hereditary rulers) of the state. After the March 2008 general election, the Barisan Nasional coalition were the majority party in eight states, while the opposition won five states. In February 2009, BN regained Perak after 3 Pakatan Rakyat assembly members defected.

The state legislative assemblies are unicameral, unlike the bicameral Parliament of Malaysia. The hereditary rulers or Yang di-Pertua Negeri (governors) are vested with powers to dissolve their respective state legislative assemblies on the advice of the menteri besar or chief minister. Once dissolved, elections must be carried out within an interim period of sixty (60) days. Usually, state elections are held simultaneously with the federal parliamentary elections, with the exception of Sarawak, and before 2004, Sabah.

List of State Legislative Assemblies in Malaysia

The list excludes Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan as Federal Territories do not have state legislative assemblies and are governed directly by the federal government under the Ministry of Federal Territories together with local authorities, namely the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Putrajaya Corporation and Labuan Corporation respectively.

State (and Assembly) Seats (2018) Population (2010) Population/seat Governing party / coalition Speaker Government Leader Opposition party / coalition Opposition Leader
Johor (14th) 56 3,348,283 59,791 PH Suhaizan Kayat[1] Dr. Sahruddin Jamal BN Ir. Hasni Mohammad
Kedah (14th) 36 1,947,651 54,101 PH Ahmad Kassim[2] Mukhriz Dr. Mahathir PAS Muhammad Sanusi Md. Nor
Kelantan (14th) 45 1,539,601 34,213 PAS Abdullah Ya'kub[3] Ahmad Yakob BN Md. Alwi Che Ahmad
Malacca (14th) 28 821,110 29,325 PH Omar Jaafar Adly Zahari BN Ir. Idris Haron
Negeri Sembilan (14th) 36 1,021,064 28,363 PH Zulkefly Mohamad Omar[4] Aminuddin Harun BN Mohamad Hasan
Pahang (14th) 42 1,500,817 35,734 BN Ishak Muhammad[5] Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail PH Vacant
Penang (14th) 40 1,561,383 39,035 PH Law Choo Kiang[6] Chow Kon Yeow BN Muhamad Yusoff Mohd. Noor
Perak (14th) 59 2,352,743 39,877 PH Ngeh Koo Ham[7] Ahmad Faizal Azumu BN Saarani Mohamad
Perlis (14th) 15 231,541 15,436 BN Hamdan Bahari Azlan Man PH Asrul Nizan Abd. Jalil
Sabah (15th) 60 3,206,742 53,446 WARISAN Syed Abas Syed Ali Mohd. Shafie Apdal GBS Musa Aman
Sarawak (18th) 82 2,471,140 30,136 GPS Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg PH Chong Chieng Jen
Selangor (14th) 56 5,462,141 97,538 PH Ng Suee Lim[8] Amirudin Shari BN Rizam Ismail
Terengganu (14th) 32 1,035,977 32,374 PAS Yahaya Ali[9] Dr. Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar BN Ahmad Said

Lists of State Assembly Representatives in Malaysia


See also


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  2. Melissa Darlyne, Chow (4 July 2018). "Ahmad Kassim elected as Kedah speaker". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. "Abdullah kekal Speaker DUN Kelantan". HM Online (in Malay). 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  4. Mat Kasim, Sarinah (2 July 2018). "Speaker DUN NS angkat sumpah". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. "42 ADUN Pahang angkat sumpah jawatan | Astro Awani". (in Malay). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  6. Nambiar, Predeep (2 August 2018). "Guan Eng, Saifuddin to make history in Penang assembly". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. Ahmad, Saifullah (3 July 2018). "Koo Ham Speaker DUN Perak baharu". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  8. "Ng Suee Lim sworn in as Selangor state Speaker - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  9. Hussain, Radhuan. "Yahaya angkat sumpah Yang Dipertua DUN Terengganu". Utusan Online. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
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