Mohd Puad Zarkashi

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This is a Malay name; the name Zarkashi is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Puad.
Dr. Haji
Mohd Puad Zarkashi
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batu Pahat, Johor
In office
Preceded by Junaidy Abdul Wahab (UMNOBN)
Succeeded by Mohd Idris Jusi (PKRPR)
Personal details
Born (1957-07-07) 7 July 1957 (age 59)
Johor, Federation of Malaya
Political party UMNOBarisan Nasional
Alma mater University of Hull
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi (born 7 July 1957) was the Member of Parliament for the Batu Pahat constituency in the state of Johor from 2008 to 2013.

He was elected at the 2008 election for the seat previously held by UMNO's Junaidy Abdul Wahab.[1] He had previously been a Senator.[2]

In April 2008, Puad called for the resignation of then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after UMNO's performance in the 2008 election.[3] When Najib Razak replaced Abdullah as Prime Minister in April 2009, Puad was appointed a Deputy Education Minister.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy conferred by the University of Hull.[8]

He is of Banjar descent.[9]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P150 Batu Pahat, Johor[1]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2008 Mohd Puad Zarkashi (UMNO) 32,461 60% Muhamad Abdullah (PAS) 19,757 37%
2013 Mohd Puad Zarkashi (UMNO) 36,935 49% Mohd Idris Jusi (PKR) 38,667 51%


  1. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Star Publications (Malaysia). Retrieved 28 January 2010.  Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout. Includes results from the 2004 election.
  2. ^ "Senator shares ideas on how to revive glory of Malaysian football". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). 18 July 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Johor Umno Will Not Stop Divisions From Holding EGM, Says Ghani". Bernama. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Najib Announces 28-member Cabinet". Bernama. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Anggota Pentadbiran" (in Malay). Ministry of Education. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guidelines to identify gay and lesbian symptoms published". MalaysiaKini. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Umno polls: Results for VP and supreme council". The Star. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Y.B. Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Keturunan Banjar Di Malaysia Jadi Melayu Baru - ANTARA News Kalimantan Selatan - ANTARA News Kalimantan Selatan - Berita Terkini Kalimantan Selatan". Retrieved 2015-10-09.