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GE2020: PAP takes Mountbatten SMC with big win

Peoples Voice Sivakumaran Chellappa cross path with PAP's Lim Biow Chuan at the polling station at HDB Blk 54 void deck Cassia Crescent. They are contesting in Mountbatten SMC. - ST DES WEE.jpg
PAP candidate for Mountbatten SMC Lim Biow Chuan and Peoples Voice candidate Sivakumaran Chellappa at the polling station at Blk 54 Cassia Crescent.

THE People's Action Party incumbent Lim Biow Chuan took Mountbatten SMC with a decisive victory against Peoples Voice's Sivakumaran Chellappa.

Mr Lim received 16,227 votes representing 73.84 per cent, against Mr Chellappa's 5,748 votes or 26.16 per cent. Rejected votes were 584 with total votes cast at 21,975.  Mr Lim is only one of two PAP candidates - the other is Tin Pei Ling - to improve his majority in this election, and holds one of the highest-scoring vote shares of PAP candidates in this election.

Mr Lim contested and won Mountbatten SMC in the 2011 and the 2015 elections, each time from challenger Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss. Mr Lim won with 71.84 per cent of the votes in 2015, improving on his 58.62 per cent in 2011. 

In his televised political broadcasts, Mr Lim, 57 said he has reflected residents’ feedback to the government to make Mountbatten a better place. He cited how he got the Land Transport Authority to build two lifts for the pedestrian overhead bridge in Jalan Batu, so seniors can cross the road safely. He also asked the authority to improve the safety of the Marine Parade roundabout, among other things.

Mr Lim beame a Member of Parliament in 2006 when the PAP was awarded a walkover for Marine Parade GRC which was uncontested. Mountbatten SMC, formerly a ward of Marine Parade GRC from 1997 till 2011, was carved out to be a SMC again in the 2011 election.

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A new PV candidate, Mr Chellappa, 57, is a private educator. This was his first time at the polls.

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