Tuesday, 22 April 2014

PM Lee thanks followers on 2nd anniversary of joining social media

By Charissa Yong, The Straits Times, 21 Apr 2014

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanked his online followers on the second anniversary of his joining social media yesterday, and included in his Facebook post a video that recounted "many special moments".

It has been two years since he joined Facebook and Twitter, and a year since he began using Instagram.

"It's been a fun journey sharing with you, things I have been doing, people I've met, places I've been, and once in a while, pictures I've taken," he said in the 31/2-minute long video.

"Thank you very much for reading my posts, commenting on them, liking them, sharing them with your friends. I appreciate it a lot. We hope you will continue to read and to go on a journey with us together."

Highlights of Mr Lee's posts include a selfie that he took with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at last year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, and one last month with celebrities Gurmit Singh and Michelle Chong at Singapore Day in London.

But aside from trying out self-portraits taken with his iPhone, Mr Lee noted that he has used social media to post "important messages", such as one that urged Singaporeans to stay calm after the riot in Little India last December. He has also posted photos of special moments, like one when he witnessed his father, founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, receiving an honorary degree from the National University of Singapore.

Mr Lee has about 322,000 "likes" on Facebook, and 68,000 followers on Twitter.

He has also garnered about 31,000 followers on Instagram, where he has 250 posts to date.

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