"JOHN R MALOTT is former United States ambassador to Malaysia." - that is how MalaysiaKini and John Malott signs off his numerous opinion pieces interfering in Malaysian politics.
He was also the person who started the failed free Anwar petition on the Whitehouse website.
And recently, he was very vocal after the DOJ case and wrote many pieces including asking people to attack Najib.
Many people are surprised at this white person's extraordinary interest in Malaysia ad his undying support for Anwar.
People say, perhaps it was because he was an ex-Ambassador to Malaysia - hence the interest.
But what John Malott and Mkini "forgo"t to mention is that after he retired from his post as ambassador, he started his own consulting company and also joined a famous lobbying firm called ManattJones Global Strategies as MD for Asia Pacific.
Lobbying (also lobby) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in a government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies - such as the State department, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Senate etc.
Many people say that lobbying in the USA is a legalized form of corruption or cronyism.
A professional lobbyist firm is what you would pay big bucks to hire to fight for your interests and influence decisions in the USA govt.
But of course there is hard evidence that he was ever directly hired by any persons from Malaysia to lobby the US Govt for the interest of any parties or persons though.
However, to be fair in future and in the interest of transparency, MalaysiaKini and Mr Malott should sign off his article in future as
""JOHN R MALOTT is former United States ambassador to Malaysia AND former APAC Managing Director for a major professional lobbyist firm."