Mohd Puad Zarkashi

Datuk Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi (Jawi: فؤاد زرکشي) (born 7 July 1957) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Speaker of the Johor State Legislative Assembly since April 2022 and Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Rengit since March 2022. He served as Deputy Minister of Education in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Najib Razak and former Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from April 2009 to May 2013, Member of Parliament (MP) for Batu Pahat from March 2008 to May 2013, Senator from October 2004 to October 2007 and Director-General of Special Affairs Department (JASA) from March 2015 to his resignation in April 2018. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling BN coalition.

Mohd Puad Zarkashi
Speaker of the
Johor State Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
21 April 2022
MonarchIbrahim Ismail
Menteri BesarOnn Hafiz Ghazi
DeputySamsolbari Jamali
Preceded bySuhaizan Kayat
Ministerial roles
2009–2013Deputy Minister of Education
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2013Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2004–2007Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Johor State Legislative Assembly
2022–Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Born (1957-07-07) 7 July 1957 (age 64)
Johor, Federation of Malaya
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Rubiah Leman
Alma materUniversity of Hull

Early life and educationEdit

Puad is of Banjar descent.[1] He holds a Doctor of Philosophy conferred by the University of Hull.[2]

Political careerEdit

Puad was elected at the 2008 election for the seat previously held by UMNO's Junaidy Abdul Wahab.[3] He had previously been a Senator.[4] Puad served one term in Parliament, after being defeated in the 2013 election by Mohd Idris Jusi of the opposition People's Justice Party (PKR). Despite his defeat, he was re-elected to UMNO's 25-member Supreme Council later in the year.[5] Puad was dropped as candidate by UMNO in the 2018 general election.

In April 2008, Puad called for the resignation of then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after UMNO's performance in the 2008 election.[6]

When Najib Razak replaced Abdullah as Prime Minister in April 2009, Puad was appointed a Deputy Education Minister.[7][8]

Puad was appointed as JASA director-general in March 2015 but he quit on 25 April 2018 in protest for not being picked as a BN candidate for the 2018 general election.[9][10][11] JASA was somehow disbanded months later by the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after the downfall of the BN in the 2018 election.[12][13]


In September 2012, Puad stated his belief that homosexuals could be identified through various means including the use of "V-Neck and sleeveless clothing" as well as a person's personal preference for "tight and light-colored clothing". He stated that these characteristics were "symptoms" which would allow parents to spot whether or not their son may be a homosexual, supporting the need to discipline them into turning straight "like it's a disease which can be cured" – a stance that is also endorsed by Malaysia's Education Ministry because they believe that this could actually affect one's ability to learn.[14]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[3]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Batu Pahat Mohd Puad Zarkashi (UMNO) 32,461 62.42% Muhamad Abdullah (PAS) 19,757 37.58% 54,103 12,968 77.21%
2013 Mohd Puad Zarkashi (UMNO) 36,935 48.99% Mohd Idris Jusi (PKR) 38,667 51.01% 77,202 1,524 87.46%
Johor State Legislative Assembly[15]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2022 Rengit Mohd Puad Zarkashi (UMNO) 7,903 48.91% Mohammad Huzair Lajis (BERSATU) 5,983 37.03% 16,157 1,920 59.57%
Khairuddin Abdul Rahim (PKR) 2,065 12.78%
Nizam Bashir Abdul Kariem Bashir (PEJUANG) 206 1.27%



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  10. ^ MUHAMMAD SHAMSUL ABD GHANI (25 April 2018). "Mohd Puad lepas jawatan KP Jasa kerana tak tercalon - Nasional". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Sinar Harian. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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  14. ^ "Guidelines to identify gay and lesbian symptoms published". MalaysiaKini. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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