There is sufficient evidence to criminally prosecute Singapore’s Linkton Co for illegally installing thousands of faulty electricity meters, said the leader of the HCM City market monitoring bureau.
Linkton has violated rules about product labelling as the company had falsified the origin of all 312,000 faulty electricity meters, including 260,000 installed for local residents, when handing over the meters to the HCM City Electric Power Company, Huynh Tan Phong, head of the HCM City bureau said.
Inspections found that all meters were manufactured in Vietnam—not imported from Singapore as the company had previously claimed. “There is enough evidence to prosecute the company for supplying false products,” said Phong.
Also, all meters had no labels or catalogues in Vietnamese, he added.
In a related development, the HCM City Department of Industry has written to the city government proposing the replacement of 260,000 meters that were installed for local residents.
Meanwhile, state-owned Electricity of Vietnam the parent company of HCM City Electric Power Co will likely put out a supply tender for new meters, according to a Thanh Nien source.
It is estimated that the replacement of all meters will take at least one-year.
The HCM City industry department has also suggested giving compensations to users who had been overcharged due to the faulty meters.