It’s 2015 and Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung has finally decided to open a personal Facebook account. While he seems to be treating the social networking site more like an online forum for gardeners, it has been confirmed that this is his real account.
With the name “CY Leung” and a profile picture of the chief executive wearing a white “Hong Kong is home” shirt in front of the Government House, the account first appeared suddenly over the weekend with the username “leung.cy.739.” It vanished briefly, but returned under “leung.cy.108.”
An avid garderner, the city’s top leader has mostly uploaded pictures of flowers, seeds and vegetables. His reason for joining Facebook was charmingly simple: “A lot friends and I regularly exchange tips and pics of flowers, so I opened a Facebook account today to share photos of fruit trees, flowers and my life. I hope you enjoy.”
And enjoy we will. Get a load of these:
Though, it seems like earlier today, Leung decided that the gardening posts were getting a little tired and spiced the page up with some pictures of his recent trip to the Maldives.
While Facebook users are perfectly welcome to like and share Leung’s posts, they will unfortunately not be able to give him any helpful tips, because Leung does not allow public comments on his page.
At first, his colleagues seem to have been just as confused and dubious regarding the new account as the rest of us. Leung first made a post to say “Hi” to Casper Tsui Ying-wai, Political Assistant to Secretary for Home Affairs, who responded with a hearty “Welcome to Facebook.” Barrister Lawrence Ma questioned “Really our CE?” to which Tsui replied “Really.”
According to HKFP, Andrew Fung Wai-kwong, Information Coordinator for Leung’s Office, confirmed that this was in fact the chief executive’s account, created so that he could take the lead in an initiave asking all government heads to become more visible on social media.
Fung told Sing Tao Daily that they were currently “taking it slowly” and that netizens angry about not being able to comment on Leung’s posts were perfectly welcome to “inbox” the city leader.
It’s pretty shocking this happened at all considering that it was just last year that Leung’s daughter said her daddy “did not even know what Facebook was.” This came after Leung Chai-yan posted some rather controversial statements on Facebook last year, first about her own mother and later to kindly thank Hong Kong taxpayers for funding her “beautiful shoes and dresses.”
It does not seem like we will see anything approaching controversial on Leung’s personal account; however, perhaps soon he will move to posting some excerpts from his favorite pieces of poetry.