Malaysia's ruling coalition has won the country's tightest-ever general election, ensuring Barisan Nasional retains the power it has held ever since the country became independent from the United Kingdom in 1957.
As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world which enjoys burgeoning business, banking and trade ties with Britain, IBTimes UK takes a look at Malaysia's election and economy in numbers.
Malaysian Parliamentary Results
Malaysians voted on 5 May and Barisan National (BN), which has been in power since independence, emerged as the victor, gaining 133 seats in Parliament versus 89 won by the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat [Fig 1].
BN's share of seats is lower than after the 2008 election. It is also lower that its stated two-thirds target.
There was a record 80% voting turnout.
Analysts say the record turnout and BN's underperforming voting target means that this could be a turning point for future elections.
Nomura said in a research note that "the trend of BN's declining share of the national vote continues, which, together with the regional outcomes and initial analysis of ethnic and age-related voting, suggests that the possibility of it losing the next election may be greater still barring significant changes in the party's stance."
BN's win is tipped to have a "growth-friendly outcome" and implies some upside risk to some analysts' forecasts for GDP growth.
Analysts' consensus GDP growth rate for Malaysia stands at 4.3% but Nomura warns that the global economy is still weak and commodity prices remain subdued.
Malaysia's Ministry of Finance (MoF) projects a faster rate of 4.5% to 5.5% in 2013 on improving exports and strong domestic demand.
Analysts predict that the government will resume fiscal consolidation.
The fiscal deficit target is 4% of GDP to ensure its debt limits are not exceeded.
Nomura analysts believe that there will be a 50 basis point rate hike by BN in the second half of 2013 to 3.50%.