What do a cheesy crunchy snack food and a global financial scandal have in common?
In Malaysia, it boils down to one man: Najib Razak, the former premier convicted of corruption and abuse of power – and aficionado of the local snack Super Ring, a bright orange cheese powder-dusted snack popular among schoolchildren.
Super Ring became strongly associated with Najib in May when he appeared to troll rival politicians after posting a photo of himself eating the snack – apparently not the first time he had posed with it in the past.
However, after Najib was found guilty on Tuesday on seven charges of corruption linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, the Super Ring snack became a way for detractors and critics to show their derision.
— Ng Sze Han 黄思汉 (@ngszehan) July 28, 2020
Super Ring started trending on Twitter soon after Najib’s verdict was read out in court, and became a de facto national symbol of trust in the judiciary and expression of satisfaction.