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Malaysian Sex Spies Haunt Hotels ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on February 26, 2007

Religious police in Malaysia are to recruit an army of spies to monitor parks and hotels for Muslim couples holding hands or being alone together, under new proposals to tackle ‘khalwat’, the Islamic offence of unmarried couples being intimate.


Spies in Malaysia’s northern state of Terengganu are to be offered rewards under the scheme, the Malaysian star reported this week, whenever they tip off police about offences.


"Some of these 'spies' could be waitresses or even janitors at hotels acting as auxiliary undercover agents for our religious department,” Rosol Wahid, chief of the government's Islamic and welfare committee, told the Star.



"Accurate details are required for the enforcement officers to act, otherwise they could be pouncing on married couples." (International Herald Tribune)



The association with spies and sex was explored extensively by Britain’s MI5 during the second world war though according to records released last year to the National Archives, top agent runner Maxwell Knight disapproved of honeytrap style operations.



"If a man is physically but casually interested in a woman, he will very speedily lose interest in her once his immediate object is attained,” the MI5 chief wrote in papers about his strategies.



"Whereas if he can come to rely upon the woman more for her qualities of companionship and sympathy, than merely those of physical satisfaction, the enterprise will last longer,” he suggested,



"A clever woman who can use her personal attractions wisely has in her


armoury a very formidable weapon," he said, “I am convinced that more information has been obtained by women agents by keeping out of the arms of the man, than was ever obtained by sinking too willingly into them. (MI5 archives: ‘Secret tips for Russian spies coming to London in the 1930's is contained in the file KV 2 /137. The information, seized by the Germans from a Russian agent captured in Paris during the Second World War, offers such advice as avoiding clandestine rendezvous in central London, always carry smart luggage when checking into hotels and make sure your AA membership is up to date . . .’) (American national security archive: TOP SECRET POLO STEP: Iraq War Plan Assumed Only 5,000 U.S. Troops Still There by December 2006 . . .’) (Maxwell Knight- ‘One of his agents was Ian Fleming and the 'M' character in the James Bond books is based on Knight . . .’)



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