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Singapore PM embraces Facebook, Twitter

Zafar Anjum | April 23, 2012
Within eight hours of being launched, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official Facebook page attracted over 17,000 "likes”

The social media bug has finally reached the office of Singapore's Prime Minister.

On Friday (20 April), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined Facebook and Twitter.

Lee, 60, said he decided to "join the fun" and set up a Facebook page with pictures going back to his childhood, reported AFP.

He also got a Twitter handle, "@leehsienloong, encouraged by his cabinet colleagues. "Just launched my Facebook and Twitter pages," he said in his first tweet.

"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," he said in his first post, signed with the initials LHL.

According to AFP, Lee's Facebook page surpassed 10,000 "likes" within hours while his Twitter account had several thousand followers.

Eight hours later, his official Facebook page attracted over 17,000 "likes", reported Today.

According to the Singapore newspaper, the Prime Minister's staff will help him maintain his page but he said he will try to post as often as he can and sign off his own posts with his initials. "As a Facebook newbie, I would appreciate your advice, suggestions and, most of all, your patience," said Lee. "I hope you like (and Like) what you read."



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