Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he also had advised state assemblies to dissolve, The Star Online reported. The date for the election is expected to be announced by the Election Commission Thursday, the Malaysian newspaper's Web site reported.
"I am confident of winning, and I hope that we will retain our two-thirds majority," the prime minister told reporters.
His Barisan Nasional coalition swept into power in a landslide in 2004.
Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the agency "will ensure the appropriate time and space is given for the parties to choose their candidates and for campaigning."
"We want to make sure of fairness in this election process," he said.