Malai Kasem (born 1984) is a supporting character in The IT Files. Unable to join the Royal Thai Army, Malai instead trained with some of its members and was recruited by Interpol, then later the International Temporal Enforcement Agency Team Epsilon uses Malai as their combat expert as well as detail analyst, very skilled at noticing when something's amiss.
Malai was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the daughter of a captain in the Royal Thai Army and a home-maker. Uninsipired by her overly-organized stay-at-home mother, Malai became interested in joining the army but after learning it wouldn't be possible she tried law enforcement. Wanting to give his daughter an edge, Malai's father had members of the unit under his command train with her, making her more than qualified to join the police force. Wanting more for his daughter however, Malai's father then got her an interview with Interpol and she was recruited, though she took nearly twice as long to be made field-ready compared to most recruits.
While with Interpol Malai was stationed out of London for over a year, during which time she met and befriended Anna Federov. The two became good friends, Malai sympathizing with her for being unable to become a field agent. Anna went with Malai when she returned to Bangkok. When the International Temporal Enforcement Agency came into the city looking for a Type-7 dealer Malai, by now having developped the gift of attention to detail her mother possessed, was able to help the agency catch the crook. Impressived with Malai's skill, she was recruited along with Anna. The new agency suited Malai well, but a sudden lack of confidence made her more cautious about taking certain actions and she tended to practically kiss-up to her superiors even when it wasn't necessary due to the worry of being let go and failing her father's expectations. Anna continued to be a good friend to Malai, though Anna joined Team Zeta while Malai ended up with Team Epsilon. Besides proving invaluable against the Howe Street Boys during Christmas Malai also helped chase down Ouroboros at Waterloo Station but was frozen by Chrono Flash after a hand-to-hand fight with Tamaya Qillaq.
- Combat-style Muay Thai martial arts, specializing in elbow and knee strikes.
- Marksmanship, speficially expertise with pistols, shotguns and mounted weapons.
- Athletic Endurance, able to run and perform parkour for long distances.
- Investigative Knowledge, specifically crime-scene analysis.
- Bilingual, knowing Thai and English.
- Suzanna Ortiz, also co-worker
- Marcus Corrado, also co-worker
- Caesar Francisco, also co-worker
- Nessa Kelly, also co-worker
- Anna Federov, also co-worker
- Kioni Abasi, also co-worker
- Rachel Clarke, also co-worker
- Parisa Golzar, also co-worker
- Clockwork Revenge Part III
- The IT Files: Ivan's Christmas
- The IT Files: Tasia's Return
- The IT Files: Scott's Business
- The IT Files: Lucienne's Agency
- The IT Files: Tasia's Recovery
- Malai is physically based on actress Pumwaree Yodkamol.