Most Singaporeans have to rely on buses and trains as car prices are among the highest in the world (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Four Singaporean men were charged on December 29 in a scandal involving contracts for the metro worth almost 10 million SGD (7.4 million USD).

Two of them, Jamalludin bin Jumari, 61, and Zakaria bin Mohamed Shariff, 52, are former employees of the metro operator Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT). They face 28 charges each.

Three of the four men caught up in the scandal failed to disclose their benefits in two engineering companies which had been won contracts from SMRT.

The offences allegedly happened between 2007 and 2012, and the men have been charged under an anti-fraud law. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail on each charge.

The prosecution of the group came after a series of breakdowns on the train system and a collision that injured dozens of people.

These have caused strong anger in the country where public transport is usually efficient and most have to rely on buses and trains as car prices are among the highest in the world.

State-owned holding company Temasek has owned SMRT since 2016 and withdrawn SMRT from Singapore’s stock market.-VNA