JOHOR BAHRU: Mohd Puad Zarkashi has decided to remain in Umno so that he can continue serving the people. In the meantime he is finishing a book on his experience as deputy education minister.
His decision sets aside speculation that he would leave the party in disappointment at not being selected to contest in Batu Pahat.
“I am not against Umno’s struggles, just dissatisfied with the system that has been manipulated by irresponsible parties.
“So, for now, I will remain as Batu Pahat Umno division head and a member of the Umno Supreme Council member.”
He resigned as director-general of the Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) earlier this month, and a message posted online hinted that he would contest the general election as an independent candidate.
Puad said today he would continue to perform his duties as a community leader to help those in need of attention and assistance, but he did not have a definite plan for the future.
“I have not thought about jobs. I want to rest and finish writing my book which has been put on hold because I was busy. The book is entitled “A school in the Interior. 8 hours of walking,” and is almost completed, about my experience as deputy education minister,” he said.
Puad said he had no problems with discussing issues with state BN chairman Mohamed Khaled Nordin after having criticised Khaled.
“I am critical even in the Supreme Council, so there will be no problem for me to speak up in the state Umno liaison meetings,” he said.
However, he did not appear at the nomination centre in Batu Pahat yesterday. He said later that his decision not to contest was made upon the advice of Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
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