PM Lee Hsien Loong takes viral #10YearChallenge

PM Lee Hsien Loong takes viral #10YearChallenge
PHOTO: Facebook/Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - Is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong cooler than you?

The most recent figure to join a trending social media activity, PM Lee on Thursday evening (Jan 17) tagged a Facebook post #10YearChallenge.

The post also features the hashtag #MerdekaGeneration - referring to a phrase used by PM Lee at the National Day Rally last August for the generation born in the 1950s,

In the post, he compares two photos of himself from 2009 and this year, saying: "I kid myself that not much has changed after 10 years, other than my hair colour and hair line! My hair is greyer and thinner, but I'm still enjoying what I do."

The photo on the left side shows a younger PM Lee in a polo shirt, with the words "Teck Ghee" on the shirt. Teck Ghee is in Ang Mo Kio GRC, where PM Lee is an MP.

On the right, PM Lee wears another polo shirt, and smiles into the camera. His crow's feet are more prominent, and his hair has greyed considerably.

Most Facebook users reacted favourably to PM Lee's post.

on Facebook

2009 vs 2019: I kid myself that not much has changed after 10 years, other than my hair colour and hair line! My hair...

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday, 17 January 2019

User Bee Ong-Goh commented: "Loving the lighter side of you sir!"

Another user, Ambrose Tan, said: "More and more happy and handsome."

At about 8.35pm, the post had gathered close to 4,500 reactions and over 230 shares since it was posted at around 7pm. A similar post on his Instagram page had over 13,600 likes in the same time.

PM Lee's Facebook account has over 1.2 million followers, while his Instagram account has more than 362,000.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) also jumped on the bandwagon, posting its take on the challenge the same evening.

on Facebook

Our take on the #10yearchallenge. Much has changed over time, but our values and what we hold dear will always stay the same.

Posted by Ministry of Defence, Singapore (MINDEF) on Thursday, 17 January 2019

A photo on the right shows a soldier carrying an updated SAR-21 rifle, and wearing the newer green pixellated uniform.

In its post, Mindef said: "Much has changed over time, but our values and what we hold dear will always stay the same."

The posts add to a growing number by well-known people participating in the 10-Year Challenge, which involves people sharing photos of themselves from 10 years ago next to a photo from this year, usually with a caption.

The trend went viral on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram earlier this year, with several celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Justin Baldoni and Miley Cyrus taking part. On Instagram, the hashtag #10yearchallenge has over 2.7 million posts.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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