Thank to Bernama ( the official government news agency) – now we know Umno leaders often swear on Quran for their own political mileage.  It’s true that Malays – especially the non-Umno Malays are fearful of two things in life – swearing by the Quran in the name of Allah and the consumption of pork.

But not the Umno. Their leaders have history of swearing on the Quran for political survival. According to Bernama back in 1960s when Umno was under siege by PAS resurgent almost similar to the current political scenario – Tunku took the easy way out. Swearing on Quran!

Ask Pas president and Kelantan former Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Asri Muda to swear on Quran. The former Pas president took the bait – and the swore.

The only different then was the swearing was witnessed by Umno member where as recent swearing by Najib, Saiful and Rosli were done without the present of representative of PR leaders.

Tunku vs Asri (1960)
In 1960s, the late PAS president and Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Asri Muda and Tunku Abdul Rahman swore by the Quran over an accusation made by the late premier. Asri denied the accusation by swearing in Kota Baharu mosque witnessed by Umno representative Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Saiful August 15, 2008
Aug 15,2008 – Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, who is alleged to have been sodomised by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Friday swore on the Quran at the Federal Territory Mosque in Jalan Duta here that the sodomy had indeed taken place. Saiful is not yet an official Umno member but there is every inclination that he would be one of them.

Najib Razak, August 23, 2008
The Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak swore in Masjid Jamek Guar Perahu near here that he did not know or had any connection with Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaarribuu who was murdered in 2006 in Puncak Alam, Selangor. Najib said he was making the swearing although it was not an offical swearing made on the Quran.

“Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi (With Allah as my witness) I swear I do not know or have any connection with the Mongolian woman,” he said at the end of his speech at a ceremony to give aid of RM1.4 million at the mosque.

The former menteri besar said he was not involved in any political conspiracy or plan that had resulted in the arrest of two Pakatan Rakyat state executive councillors for corruption this week.

In the name of God, I have nothing to do with their arrest. Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi. I am not behind their arrest by the Anti-Corruption Agency,” he said at a press conference at the Perak Umno building.

Tajol Rosli, who is also Perak Barisan Nasional chief, said if Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was not satisfied with the way he had sworn then Nizar or Pas could enlighten him on the proper way to do so.

“They (Pas and Nizar) may say that this is not the proper way. So they can show me how to do it properly and then I will swear as many times as they want, no problem.