JOHOR BAHRU — April 25, 2018: Datuk Puad Zarkashi has confirmed his resignation as director-general of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), ending speculation that he would quit if he was not nominated by the Barisan Nasional to contest in the general elections on May 9.
He wrote at his Facebook account that today is his last day at the department. Puad was appointed to head Jasa in March 2015.
Puad contested for BN in the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat in 2013 but lost to Datuk Mohd. Idris Jausi of PKR by 1,732 votes.
Last Monday, Johor BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khalid Nordin announced that Batu Pahat Wanita Umno chief Haliza Abdullah will be contesting this time.
Last Sunday 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 if not chosen by BN.
In his latest post Puad had this to say: “Indeed, many will condemn me. I remain steadfast. That’s the end of my history at Jasa. It was a hot spot. The DAP 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.
“If you want me to recall 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.”
In Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri M. Kayveas also announced that he has resigned as the president of MyPPP, a post he has held for more than two decades.
A post at his Facebook account says that resignation was effective last Monday.
The former member of parliament for Taiping said he has also stepped down as advisor to the MyPPP Perak Exco and as chairman of the Federal Territories MyPPP.
Sources said he could have stepped down due to the party’s failure to be allowed to contest the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat in GE14. MIC Youth chief Datuk C. Sivaraajh is the candidate.
Last Sunday, Kayveas said the party had not endorsed the decision of its vice-president Datuk Loga Balan Mohan to contest in the Segambut parliamentary seat under BN. — Bernama