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He compared this to the Japanese Imperial Army’s fifth column that infiltrated the country many years before World War 2.

And unlike the Japanese infiltration, we may already have in place a fifth column – the taipans!

Fifth columnThis is by no means an indictment or denigration of the patriotism of the taipans and the Tsinoy community.

But taken in context in the light of the Deegong’s biases, particularly his preferential treatment for blacklisted Chinese companies partnering with the taipans (“The Chinese taipans,” TMT, September 16), and their unmitigated acquiescence, this is a logical conjecture.

A common belief is that this is the Tsinoys’ way of preserving wealth within the clanship passing on the privileges of the rich to exclusive progeny.

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