SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook page has reached 1 million likes, achieving the milestone as his week-long trip to the United States drew to a close.
The page, which crossed the mark on Wednesday (Feb 17) evening, had 1,007,587 likes as at 9am on Thursday.
In a post on Thursday afternoon, Mr Lee said he had just returned to Singapore and was "surprised" to find that his page had gathered more than a million likes.
"Thank you all for following my page. I enjoy your comments - it is a fun way to keep in touch with all of you," he wrote.
"Do come back to visit often and I look forward to hearing from you again."
Mr Lee's page was launched in April 2012 and took just under a year to double the number of likes, having hit the half a million mark on Feb 28 last year.
It has since surpassed the Facebook pages of several world leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron (978,000 likes) and French President Francois Hollande (820,000).
US President Barack Obama's page has 47 million likes, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 32.3 million. Closer to home, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has close to 3 million and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, 6 million.
Mr Lee's posts are a mix of serious messages and light-hearted entries, such as how a barn owl visited his Istana office twice, and a jump shot he pulled off with several Nanyang Technological University students. He has also impressed with his eye for a good photograph.
Over the past week, he has been providing daily updates about his working visit to California where he met tech titans such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Apple's Time Cook, and attended the first US-Asean summit hosted by President Barack Obama.
Mr Lee made his maiden Facebook post on April 20, 2012, when he expressed his hope that Singaporeans would find his page "interesting".
Highlighting how social media had changed the way people now connect with one another, he wrote then: "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."
Mr Lee's Twitter account, started in April 2009, has since garnered 271,000 followers. His Instagram account has over 230,000 followers.
This article was first published on Feb 18, 2016.
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