Attorney-General’s Chambers, Spring Singapore bought a lot of $600 chairs

Posted on 16 August 2012

However, they are good buys, says Shenton Way office workers.

Liang Kaixin, who is an emeritus senior reporter of Channel 8 news, has done some investigative journalistic snooping into the recent procurement of expensive office chairs by ministries and statutory boards — even though she is no longer really a reporter.

The ex-reporter, who has apparently moved on to greener pastures, found that the Attorney-General’s Chambers bought 200 expensive office chairs at $597 a piece on March 2012 and made it into a blog post, similar to what ex-SPH editor Bertha Henson would do:

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This news comes exactly one year after the Ministry of Manpower’s purchase of 472 office chairs amounting to $272,000 in March 2011 had caused a big brouhaha, with the public wailing with anger.

And the AGC and MOM are not the only ones as Kaixin also discovered that Spring Singapore bought 28 chairs at $650 each, totalling $18,200 in August this year:

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One office worker in Shenton Way that New Nation spoke to said she was aghast that her boss is a cheapskate for not buying such chairs to cradle her bums.

Da Pi Gu, a manager in her 30s, said: “No wonder… He probably doesn’t find me attractive anymore.”

However, one other satisfied expensive office chair user said ergonomically designed chairs provide comfort for the people working in the office.

Fang Cho Pi, a clerk, said: “The cushion helps to lower the volume when we fart. However, ergonomic doesn’t mean it helps in reducing the scent.”

Other office workers said $600 for an office chair is about right — as long as its ergonomic functions prevent workplace injuries.

Eff Wan Rei Sing, a 24-year-old accountant, said: “If not, there is no other way we know how to get to the pantry together.”

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  • pitbull

    Isn’t is nice, civil servants rewarding themselves with high pay and having expensive taste, all this with tax payer’s money. Have to check the toilets, may be gold plated ..

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  • ergochair

    My company has over 500 ergo chairs :)