Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife, Ho Ching, went on a sharing spree of her husband’s recent Facebook posts, perhaps indicating that she is keeping tabs on the ruling party leader’s social media activity.
Yesterday (29 May), Mdm Ho shared 10 of PM Lee’s recent Facebook posts in rapid succession, before 8am in the morning. She shared several posts PM Lee published between 18 and 26 May.
Among the posts PM Lee made about his daily activities, Mdm Ho also shared his latest profile picture and a dated post wishing all Buddhists a happy Vesak Day. Her sharing of the Vesak Day post came over 10 days too late:
The PM’s wife has a reputation for sharing a variety of links on topics such as science, health, entertainment, lifestyle, arts and socio-political issues. A look at her Facebook page shows that she seems to share links non-stop, daily, linking dozens of articles nearly every hour. Most of these Facebook posts do not include a caption.
Many have commented that Mdm Ho’s high-frequency social networking patterns are strange, especially for someone who also serves as chief executive of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek.
Her seemingly constant presence on Facebook, despite her high profile job, has led some to wonder whether she uses a bot, a media manager or whether she really is a social media addict.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time Mdm Ho has gone on a sharing spree of Facebook posts published by her husband and his People’s Action Party (PAP) colleagues.
Last year, she raised eyebrows when she shared several posts made by PM Lee, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam and then-deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s Facebook albums on her personal Facebook page.
Notorious for flood-posting her page with several links throughout the course of each day, Mdm Ho began an afternoon in September 2018 by sharing her husband’s own Facebook posts as she re-posted three posts the Prime Minister made that month.
The first re-post was of a photo PM Lee posted five hours prior. The PM’s wife then appeared to go down his timeline and shared an albums and photos he published over the week prior.
Mdm Ho then shifted her attention to Minister Shanmugam. Similar to her browsing patterns on PM Lee’s Facebook page, Mdm Ho started out by sharing one of Shanmugam’s more recent Facebook albums before re-posting a video he had shared.
Ho Ching moved on to Teo Chee Hean’s Facebook page and shared 10 of his Facebook albums or photo posts over the past month, in a span of minutes.
Mdm Ho reserved most of her attention for Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. Going down Khaw’s timeline, Mdm Ho flooded her wall with 15 separate posts from Khaw’s page – going all the way back to 21 July. Her sharing spree of his photos and albums even included a profile picture that Mr Khaw posted on his page on 17 Aug.
Based on the order in which Ho Ching shared her husband’s and his colleagues’ albums, it appears that she could have gone from wall to wall – between PM Lee, DPM Teo, Shanmugam and Khaw – scrolling down from most recent to older posts.
It is unclear why Ho Ching shared the albums she did, nor why she chose to only share photo posts or albums by the four ministers.
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