A Chinese state-owned drug manufacturer has been criticised over their lavish office decoration which mimics the Palace of Versailles in France.
The Harbin based drug firm posted some photos (now taken down) on their official website a few days ago, which caused an immediate uproar online for their luxurious interior design – with chandeliers, marble deco and (seemingly) gold plated walls etc.
The fact that it’s a state-owned company means that the drug firm is technically spending the citizen’s money; and some people are not happy that the drug prices are ever rising yet a state own firm has chosen lavish spending instead of finding ways to reduce the health-living cost of common folks. Image via Chinanews [Cn].
The company spokesperson responded that the luxurious decoration is limited to an art museum housed on the top three floors of the building – runs by the company to showcase local arts and a way to contribute back to the society.
It’s not mentioned if they are using real materials (crystal or glass, marbles or rocks, gold or fakes etc.) for the construction; for the beneficial of doubt the cost could differ greatly. The rest of the company looks pretty ordinary…