Puad Zarkashi quits as Jasa chief
He says he has done a lot for Jasa, so much so that it has become increasingly known all over the country.
Mohd Puad Zarkashi said he would not budge from his decision to quit as director-general of the Special Affairs Department. (Facebook pic)
JOHOR BAHRU: Mohd Puad Zarkashi confirmed today that he has resigned as the director-general of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), ending speculation that he would quit if he was not nominated as a Barisan Nasional candidate for a seat in Johor in the coming election on May 9.
He said in a post on his Facebook account that today was his last day at the department and that he would not budge from his decision to quit.
Puad had contested as the BN candidate for the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat in the 13th general election in 2013, but lost to Mohd Idris Jusi of PKR by 1,732 votes.
Last Monday, Johor BN chairman Mohamed Khalid Nordin announced Batu Pahat Wanita Umno chief Haliza Abdullah as the electoral candidate for Batu Pahat.
Until last Sunday night, a message believed to be from Puad had circulated on WhatsApp expressing his desire to resign as the Jasa chief and contest GE14 as an independent candidate if he was not nominated by the BN.
Puad, who is the Batu Pahat Umno division chief, did not say anything about his position in Umno.
He was appointed the Jasa director-general in March 2015. He thanked Jasa staff for their assistance when he helmed the department.
âIndeed, many will condemn me. I remain steadfast. Thatâs the end of my history at Jasa. It was a hot spot.
âDAP had brought a motion in Parliament early this year seeking the dissolution of Jasa. Prior to this, PH (Pakatan Harapan) had proposed in its budget that Jasa should be shut down.
âIf you want me to rec all one by one, I have done a lot for Jasa, so much so that it has become increasingly known, including in the interior areas of Sabah and Sarawak and also among Malaysian students abroad,â he said in the post.
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