The National Association for Gifted Children, Malaysia (NAGC Malaysia) grew out of a National Symposium and Workshop on Gifted Children, jointly organized by the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya and the Malaysian Mensa Society in March-April 1986.

The Symposium and Workshop gathered together all those concerned with the identification and development of gifted children, to discuss the techniques and strategies required to solve the problems faced by the parents and teachers of these gifted children. The response was overwhelming. For the first time in the country, parents of gifted children realised that they were not alone, and could also give voice to their problems and frustrations. They also decided that something could be done to help themselves. A unanimous decision was taken at the conclusion of the Workshop to form a national association for gifted children, and a pro-tem committee was immediately elected.

The founding members comprised the members of the Symposium and Workshop organizing committee from the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya and the Malaysian Mensa Society, together with the parents, teachers and others who attended the Symposium and Workshop.