Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), the nephew of Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), allegedly received bribes to meddle with the management of the SOGO franchise.
In light of the scandal, Vana Living, a newly established company founded by Su Jia-chyuan’s son-in-law, Robin Johansson (喬洛賓) and daughter Su Yi-han (蘇㛄馠), has also come under the spotlight.
The company allegedly received orders valued at NT$16million from Taiwan Power Company, the China Steel Corporation and some members of the ruling DPP in just six months of existence.
Although Johansson protested at the media’s speculations, members of the Taiwanese public commented on this issue on Facebook on Monday saying: “Please come out and teach us how to do business.”
喬洛濱昨日在Vana Living臉書上貼出聲明，表示自己經營的香氛蠟燭公司一直是依照台灣的商業法規經營。同時喬洛賓於文中提及自己身為瑞典人中文不是很好，連聲明書都要請人翻譯，更不了解台灣的政治環境。他表示公司從未主動接處政府單位及國營事業採購，只要是喜歡Vana Living的人都可以直接上他們的網購平台下單。
According to the statement posted by Johansson on the Vana Living’s Facebook page on Sunday, Johansson claimed that his scented candles company has operated in accordance with Taiwan’s business regulations.
At the same time, seemingly to illustrate his unfamiliarity with the political environment in Taiwan, he remarked that as a Swede, his Chinese is not very good and he even had to hire someone to translate his statement.
In the post, Johansson also stated that the company has never taken any initiative to take on purchases from government entities or state-run businesses and that anyone who likes Vana Living can order directly from their online platform.
To this, Facebook page “HolyMosquito” (小聖蚊的治國日記) replied on Monday: “This is too good! A company that was launched just six months ago can get NT$16 million in orders without actively seeking out customers. The sales department of all other businesses should go eat dirt. Could you (Johansson) please come out and teach us how to do business?
Others also voiced their disbelief by commenting below the post: “They don’t even need a sales department, the orders just keep coming in”, “So it turns out they were ‘contacted’,” and “it’s all about the people you know.”