We have already reported about the Cigarette Smuggling scandal that has erupted in Taiwan. The whole incident happened after President Tsai returned from her US and Caribbean visit. Two of the officials at Taiwan’s NSB tried to smuggle cigarettes inside the country using President Tsai’s return as a cover.
Later, it was revealed that the customs department had around 10,000 cartons of cigarettes in their possession and they had already been moved to a different location.
Also, this incident involved participation from some officials at China Airlines as well. Now, the manager of China Airlines is under the scanner for joking about President Tsai Ing-wen. During a radio interview, the China Airlines manager joked that President Tsai was the only passenger on her flight to have not bought any duty-free cigarettes.
Once Liu Chien-wen, the manager at China Airlines, joked about all the other passengers except Taiwan President buying a cigarette from the duty-free section, many Democratic Progressive Party members took offence to her statement. The DPP lawmakers who accompanied the Taiwan President on her trip furiously denied any involvement and claimed that they had not bought any cigarettes as well.
“CAL official had seriously misled the public and harmed the image of those on board the presidential flight,” said the office of Legislative Yuan Vice Speaker Tsai Chi-chang in response to China Airlines manager’s statement.
Several lawmakers from DPP, including Tsai Chi-chang, who was along with President Tsai on her visit said that they had not bought any duty-free goods on the trip. Also, they are considering legal action against Liu as well.
After the uproar over Liu’s remarks, China Airlines said that Liu was only “describing the sales situation,” and added that they are “sorry and upset” if his remarks had caused any problems. In this scandal, two officials involved in the smuggling have already been detained while Taiwan’s NSB chief has also resigned.