Mysterious Disappearance of Mano Sabnani’s Facebook Post


By: Obbana Rajah

A Facebook post by Chairman and CEO of Rafflesia Holdings Pte Ltd, Mano Sabnani, has mysteriously disappeared.

The post, published on the 7th of March, was on the contrast between the behaviour of parliamentarians in the UK and Singapore. According to Sabnani, it received 350 reactions, 155 comments and was shared 650 times before it was mysteriously taken down two days later. It still remains unclear as to why or if Facebook took down the post.

Sabnani’s post compared British Minister, Lord Michael Bates and Singapore’s Member of Parliament (MP), Sylvia Lim.

Lord Michael Bates, Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom offered his resignation for arriving late to a session of the House of Lords. He explained that as a result of his tardiness, he was not “in [his] place to answer [a] question on a very important matter at the beginning of questions”.

He also added, “I’ve always believed that we should rise to the highest possible standards of courtesy and respect in responding on behalf of the government to the legitimate questions of the legislature”.

In his Facebook post, Mano Sabnani also brought up the conduct of MPs in Singapore, their attendance rates and the saga that occurred with Leader of the House Grace Fu demanding an apology from Sylvia Lim for a comment she made.

Upon reaching out to Sabnani, he declined to comment.

However, netizens had lots to say on the matter, alongside much speculation.

Jason Kam commented, “1) Someone must be have reported your post and flagged the content as inappropriate. It probably isn’t just anyone that flagged either. This is why it is better to share certain subject matter and opinions in a closed group.

2) Could this be the effect of Facebook combatting ‘fake news’? That would be even more concerning. Looking forward to their reply”.

Netizen Lau Swee Kwong added on Sabnani’s post, “Alamak, Will we be considered as subversive elements with our honest to goodness opinions??”

Many also made references to George Orwell’s famous novel 1984, which features a totalitarian, bureaucratic state.

When asked by Lawrence Soh, “Mr. Mano, please repost. I missed that. Thank you”. Sabnani’s reply was curt, “Can’t get the comments back”, he said.

Mano Sabnani’s original Facebook post still remains very much a mystery.


  1. If you look at Mano’s FB profile, he works in DBS and SPH before. Someone who is from govt entity. What he said will have significant impact to our govt.

  2. More probably he took it down himself? In SG, business owners have to toe the line or once govt flexes its ‘muscles’, u will be out of business. Unless ur business have zero connections with govt n its entities.

  3. This is why PAP wants to control what you read on the internet by setting up that fake news committee, any post that disagree with them are categorised as fake news and removed. Only propaganda BS that sing their praises are allowed.

  4. Haiya, if you want to give comment, why have to hide yourself be an anonymus? Be brave and be responsible la! How do I know if you are a computer or robot or people with no name or may be an invisible ghost? Goss!

    • Bravery and responsibility can start with you why not post your name and IC number?
      Else don’t talk cock here, not everyone is as dumb as you.

  5. There are some fascinating deadlines on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity but I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

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