Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined Facebook and Twitter on Friday to better connect with citizens who have increasingly vented their frustrations with his government on social media.
Lee, 60, said he decided to “join the fun” and set up a Facebook page with pictures going back to his childhood.
He also launched a Twitter account after being encouraged by cabinet colleagues who were already using the two social networking platforms.
Prime Minister wrote on Facebook
Welcome to my Facebook page!
The social media have changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another. Societies, communities and governments all over the world will not be the same again.
Many of my colleagues have been using social media, including Facebook. They have encouraged me to start my own Facebook page. Having watched them, I have decided to join the fun.
I hope you will find my Facebook page interesting. I will use it to talk about some of the things I am doing, and thinking about, but I would also like to hear from you. Let’s use this page to help shape ideas and understanding of what we can do together to improve our lives.
As a Facebook newbie, I would appreciate your advice, suggestions and, most of all, your patience. My staff will help me maintain this page, but I will try to post as often as I can myself. I will sign off my own posts with the initials “LHL”. If you wish to write in Malay, Chinese or Tamil, please feel free to do so.
I hope you like (and Like) what you read. Thank you very much for your support.
The number of ‘likes’ had crossed 12,959, till now. His Twitter account, set up at the same time, had more than 7,499 followers.
Lee Hsien Loong (born 10 February 1952) is the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
As a member of the People’s Action Party (PAP), Lee became Prime Minister in August 2004, succeeding Goh Chok Tong. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1984 and a member of the Cabinet since 1987, and was one of the key leaders in Singapore’s political transition in the 1980s and 1990s. Before becoming Prime Minister he served as the Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to his election to Parliament, he served as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.