Timeline of Malaysian political parties with origins from UMNO since 1946

This is a list of political parties in Malaysia, including existing and historical ones.


Under the current legislation, all political parties (termed "Political Associations") must be registered under the Societies Act.

Anti-hopping parties law

In Malaysian politics, a frog (Malay: katak politik) (Sabahan: Buhangkut politik) refers to an act where a politician crosses the bench from one party to another (changing support).[1][2] This term was first coined in during the 1994 Sabah state elections after United Sabah Party losing its majority even the party won the state elections. Despite its usage nationwide, it is more familiar within the state of Sabah.[3] Since May 25, 2023, nine states of Malaysia has approved the "Anti-Switching Parties Law" or "Anti-Hopping Parties Law" for both states legislative assembly and parliament including Sabah and Sarawak.[4]

Election expenses

The Election Offences Act (1954) regulates the maximum expenses allowed for candidates vying for parliamentary seats and for state seats during the campaign period (excluding before the nomination day and after election day). The permissible campaign expenditure set by the Election Offences Act (1954) is RM 100,000 per candidate for state seats and RM 200,000 per candidate for federal seats. According to this guideline, with 505 state seats and 222 parliamentary seats in the 2013 general election, the maximum amount that Barisan Nasional was allowed to spend was only about RM 95 million. Due to the lack of records and regulations, Malaysian politicians may not even know how much they spent on their campaigns or overspending the expenditure than permitted by law. Another related problem was the secrecy surrounding political funds and their use. Although many politicians, including members of newly appointed cabinets, voluntarily disclosed their personal finances, such disclosure is not compulsory and many sources of revenue remain obscure.

Election deposits

The deposit was RM 10,000 to contest a parliamentary seat, or RM 5,000 to contest a state assembly seat. The deposit is used to pay for infringements of election laws and is returned after polling day unless the candidate loses and fails to garner more than 12.5 per cent or one-eighth of the votes cast. Additionally it is required that each candidate provide a RM 5,000 deposit for cleaning up banners and posters after the election.

Political donations

Political donations are legal in Malaysia. There is no limit, and parties are not obliged to disclose the source of the funding, which makes political donations a vague subject but still entirely legal in the country. All political donations are allowed to be given into accounts of individuals and accounts of the political party. Anonymous donors and foreigners may request to not to reveal their identities.

Political parties are funded by contributions from:

Latest election results

Main article: 2022 Malaysian general election

Currently Active Parties

Parties represented in the Parliament and/or the state legislative assemblies

This is the list of coalitions and parties that have representation in the Parliament of Malaysia (Dewan Rakyat & Dewan Negara) and/or the state legislative assemblies, sorted by seats held in the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia. Unless noted, numbers exclude independents and loose allies linked to each party

Coalition and Party Abbr Leader Ideology Position Dewan Rakyat Dewan Negara State Assemblies Vote share (2022) Federal government
Pakatan Harapan
Alliance of Hope[A]
PH Anwar Ibrahim Social democracy Centre-left
82 / 222
14 / 70
139 / 607
37.46% Government
Perikatan Nasional
National Alliance[B]
PN Muhyiddin Yassin National conservatism Centre-right to right-wing
74 / 222
15 / 70
210 / 607
30.35% Opposition
Barisan Nasional
National Front
BN Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Conservatism Right-wing
30 / 222
21 / 70
119 / 607
22.36% Government
Gabungan Parti Sarawak
Sarawak Parties Alliance[C]
GPS Abang Abdul Rahman Johari Abang Openg Sarawak nationalism Centre-right
23 / 222
6 / 70
76 / 607
3.94% Government
Parti Gabungan Rakyat Sabah
Sabah People's Alliance Party[D]
GRS Hajiji Noor Sabah nationalism Centre
6 / 222
2 / 70
42 / 607
2.98% Government
Parti Warisan
Heritage Party
Warisan Shafie Apdal Sabah progressivism Centre-right
3 / 222
0 / 70
14 / 607
1.82% Government
Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat
Social Democratic Harmony Party
KDM Peter Anthony Sabah regionalism Centre
1 / 222
0 / 70
2 / 607
0.34% Government
Parti Bangsa Malaysia
Malaysian Nation Party
PBM Larry Sng Multiracialism Centre-left
1 / 222
0 / 70
2 / 607
0.11% Government
Malaysian United Democratic Alliance
Ikatan Demokratik Malaysia[E]
MUDA Amira Aisya Abdul Aziz (Acting) Populism Centre-left
1 / 222
0 / 70
1 / 607
0.48% Opposition
Love Sabah Party
Parti Cinta Sabah
PCS Anifah Aman Sabah regionalism Centre
0 / 222
1 / 70
0 / 607
N/A Government, no represented seats

A The coalition contested seats in West Malaysia using the symbol of the People's Justice Party while seats in East Malaysia were contested using the symbols of the individual coalition parties.
 Excludes the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, which was part of the coalition in the 2018 election but subsequently left and later joined Perikatan Nasional in 2020.

B New alliance of parties formed in 2020. Share shown are the total seats and vote share of BERSATU, PAS and GERAKAN in the last election.
C Four parties that made up Barisan Nasional Sarawak announced their withdrawal from the coalition and formed the new coalition of 12 June 2018.[5]
D Gabungan Rakyat Sabah Party (GRS) is an official political coalition party founded in September 2020 by Datuk Sri Panglima Hajiji Noor and successfully registered, confirmed on March 11, 2022 by Registry of Societies (RoS)[6][7]
E The party contested in an electoral pact with Pakatan Harapan.

Coalitions and electoral pacts

Pakatan Harapan (PH, Alliance of Hope)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Perikatan Nasional (PN, National Alliance)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Barisan Nasional (BN, National Front)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA, Homeland Movement)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS, Sarawak Parties Coalition)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS, Sabah People's Coalition)

The list is sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Parties without representation in the Parliament and the state legislative assemblies

This is the list of active coalitions and parties that do not have representation in the Parliament of Malaysia (Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara) and the state legislative assemblies, sorted by the year in which the respective parties were legalised and registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS). Parties that are part of a coalition that is represented are not listed here even if the party itself is not represented. This list does not include parties that are active but have yet to be registered with the ROS or EC such as the Green Party of Malaysia.

Parties registered with the ROS and EC

Political parties registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and with the Election Commission (EC).

Parties registered with the ROS but not with the EC

Political parties registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) but not with the Election Commission (EC). They are therefore unable or able to contest in elections using their own symbols.

Historical parties

See also: Category:Defunct political parties in Malaysia and List of political parties in Singapore

These organisations have never been or are no longer registered as political bodies, and can thus no longer contest elections. Parties that were registered in British Malaya but operated solely in the territory of Singapore are also excluded from this list. Parties that have been renamed but still exist today as registered political parties are also excluded from this list. A number of these may still exist as organisations in some form, but none are recognised as political parties.

Before 1949







2010 – present

See also


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