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THE "I" FILES • A Politician's Tale • Jonathan Smith

THE "I" FILES • A Politician's Tale • Jonathan Smith

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“I have always had a lurking admiration for those who could keep their lies straight. It’s a deucedly hard thing to do, so I’ve generally left it to others. I have had the advantage, in both government and private work, of being disbelieved by many with whom I interact by the nature of my job for most of my life, so I’ve been free to be honest to a fault. Just by being honest, others keep better track of what I say than I do.” - Jonathan Smith

A Politician's Tale is a work-in-progress (twelve chapters at this point) treatise on a likely politician by a likely pseudonym.

Reproduced (without permission) by Tommy Peters
“I have always had a lurking admiration for those who could keep their lies straight. It’s a deucedly hard thing to do, so I’ve generally left it to others. I have had the advantage, in both government and private work, of being disbelieved by many with whom I interact by the nature of my job for most of my life, so I’ve been free to be honest to a fault. Just by being honest, others keep better track of what I say than I do.” - Jonathan Smith

A Politician's Tale is a work-in-progress (twelve chapters at this point) treatise on a likely politician by a likely pseudonym.

Reproduced (without permission) by Tommy Peters

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“I have always had a lurking admiration for those who could keep their lies straight. It’sa deucedly hard thing to do, so I’ve generally left it to others. I have had the advantage,in both government and private work, of being disbelieved by many with whom Iinteract by the nature of my job for most of my life, so I’ve been free to be honest to afault. Just by being honest, others keep better track of what I say than I do.” -
 JonathanSmith
 
Chapter One: The Man Without A FaceChapter Two: The Man Without A Face Puts On A New OneChapter Three: Anwar The Islamist Takes Over EducationChapter Four: The Family Firm Is Launched; Or Anwar, BhdChapter Five: Beyond Murad Khalid: The Real Story Of Anwar,Bank Negara And The Money MachineChapter Six: Inside Anwar’s Money MachineChapter Seven: The Turkish ConnectionChapter Eight: The Man Who Would Be KingChapter Nine: The FallChapter Ten: Anwar In Free FallChapter Eleven: What We Learnt During Anwar’s TrialChapter Twelve: Sodomy, Money and Spin
 A twelve-chapter treatise on a likely politician by a likely pseudonym
 
 
Chapter One:The Man Without A Face
This is from the first section of the I-Files they gave me, covering Anwar’s early life, and it just barely predates my arrival in-country. It is the section with which I have most clearly  identified, both because of the coincidence in time, and  because the fellow who put together this portion of the dossier  left behind a personal journal with his impressions of his time inMalaysia, and of the witnesses he interviewed and documents he gathered. Aside from his almost monomaniacal hatred of thedurian – a feeling with which, depending on the durian, I cansympathise – this portion is noteworthy for its personalised feel  and recollections.
 
It is the section that most catches my eye now, in this age of  international terrorism. Anwar’s frank admiration for Abul AlaMaududi and Sayyid Qutb – the radicals who founded Jamaat-e- Islami in Pakistan and inspired al Qaeda, respectively – show  a face he never showed Westerners when they were looking.Many young Malaysians under the age of 30 today have no ideathat Anwar was a sympathiser of such extremists. He embraced  men who would call for violent revolution to overthrow theexisting social and political order to be replaced with a world of sharia law, who would reject over one thousand years of  peaceful Islamic thought and learning as corrupt and decadent.
 
The man’s identity as given in the file is a cover. I know becauseI tried to look him up, here and in London, and his name simply does not exist. Who he is, where he went, or even whether he knew that the firm for which he worked was a Box 850 front, or what we used to call a “cut-out,” is apparently lost to the mistsof time.
 
 
 Chapter One: The Man Without A Face
However, the material is all very well documented, and so I present his story – and the first part of Anwar’s.
 He was finally going home.He’d loved Kuala Lumpur since coming here years ago, lovedthe warmth and generosity of the locals, loved the beautifulChinese girls and the food – some of the best on Earth (thoughhe could do without the wretched durian) – and the totalabsence of bone-chilling fog in May. But he was being recalledto London, back to headquarters, to set up a division for all of Southeast Asia. The Company was growing, and they neededan old hand to guide that growth. With, of course, only a tinyincrease in salary.He’d found a note on his desk this morning, telling him to comesee the Chief. He had quite enough on his plate, but the oldman had always been good to him, and he wasn’t back inLondon quite yet. He grabbed his coffee and headed for theChief’s office. He hadn’t even reached the door yet when heheard a curt, “Come in. And shut the door behind you.” A bit puzzled, he walked in, noting that the Chief was staring athis desk and some papers on it. He gently closed the door, andwas about to exchange pleasantries, when he was ordered tosit and pick up the tablet and ballpoint on the desk and beginwriting. He shrugged and got underway.“We have something special that needs doing before you leave,and we feel you’re just the chap to do it,” the Chief began.

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