Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has opened a personal Facebook account, posting mostly pictures of flowers. The account has been confirmed to be authentic, although netizens could not comment on the posts.
The account, which bears the name “CY Leung” and shows a profile picture of him wearing a white “Hong Kong is home” shirt, first appeared on Sunday under the username “leung.cy.739”.
Leung used the account to say “Hi” to Caspar Tsui Ying-wai, Political Assistant to Secretary for Home Affairs, who then wrote “Welcome to Facebook!” Lawrence Ma, barrister and member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), asked “Really our CE?” to which Tsui replied, “Really”.
The account then disappeared briefly for a couple of hours, but reappeared later under the url “leung.cy.108”. At around lunchtime on Monday, it disappeared once again.
Andrew Fung Wai-kwong, Information Coordinator for Leung’s Office, confirmed that this was the Chief Executive’s account. Many Facebook users criticised the inability to make comments on the page, but Fung told Sing Tao Daily that they were “taking it slowly” and said netizens could “inbox” Leung. Fung said that the government had been using the social media platforms internally in recent years and that Leung wanted to use the method as a way to share his life with the public.
The top leader of the city uploaded several pictures of lotuses, saying that he and many of his friends often exchanged gardening tips and pictures. “I opened a Facebook account today to share pictures of flowers and my life with everyone, please enjoy,” he said.
According to Ming Pao, Leung had earlier asked all of the department and bureau heads to jump on the social media bandwagon and create a personal or official account on Facebook, hence Leung was now taking the lead in doing so. Earlier this year, Leung’s daughter, Chai-yan, said that Leung “did not even know what Facebook was” and that he had repeatedly asked her to delete her account.