Leung Chun-ying is telling his ministers to make the most of social media to put their messages across, but his governing team has been slow to personally reach out to the public through these platforms. The chief executive took the plunge on Sunday by opening a closed Facebook account under the name "CY Leung". A government source said Leung recently asked his ministers to communicate with members of the public on social media platforms. But only education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim thus far responded to Leung's latest call. On the site, Leung asked people to plant lotus and offered a suggestion for a hotel in the Maldives to Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. "I'm still learning how to use Facebook," Leung told reporters yesterday, adding: "Using Facebook is not as easy for people my age as it is for people your age. I'll do it step by step." While the public could view what he published, only those added as friends by the chief executive could like or comment on his posts. It was unknown how many friends he had; his privacy setting did not disclose the number. Leung's preference for an account accessible only by approved friends contrasted with the public pages maintained by leaders like British Prime Minister David Cameron and newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to Leung's call, four ministers opened Facebook accounts recently or were active on the social media platform. Financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah opened a Facebook account in February, eight months ahead of his boss. More than 3,350 people added Tsang as a friend while more than 12,100 were following him. Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po joined Facebook in 2008, while commerce minister Greg So Kam-leung opened an account in 2010. Environment minister Wong Kam-sing joined the social media platform in 2012. A spokesman for Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah said his bureau launched a Facebook page several years ago. "There is no plan for the secretary to launch an official Facebook page for himself," the spokesman said. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said, having considered the nature of the justice department's work, Yuen "currently does not have plans" to use social media. The spokesman added that Yuen attaches "utmost importance" to communicating with the public and media and that the department would "review the situation from time to time" with a view to exploring ways to enhancing communications. Separately, a spokesman for Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said it was "considering setting up a Facebook page" and that details were "being finalised". Leung, who was last active on Facebook right before he was voted city leader by a 1,200-strong committee in 2012, had shown little interest in the platform until Sunday - less than two years before his current term expires. He is expected to seek re-election, but he has not yet said so. "Given that he was dormant on Facebook for years, his latest reactivation is clearly associated with the 2017 chief executive election," said political scientist Ivan Choy Chi-keung of Chinese University.