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Friday, January 31, 2014

Indah Water Konsortium: Why is the sewerage company interested in ‘race’?

The national obsession with ‘race’ appears to have gone a bit too far. The other day I received, together with the usual bill from national sewerage company Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) a notice about the firm’s personal data protection policy. It was then that I learned that IWK is also interested in ‘race’. Now, I cannot for the life of me understand why ‘race’ should be relevant to a sewerage company, can you?
Excerpt from IWK's Personal Data Protection Notice
Excerpt from IWK’s Personal Data Protection Notice
Does IWK want to compare the per capita ‘output’ by race, by chance? Or maybe it wants to come up with some kind of affirmative action policy? (joke)
As far as I know, ‘race’ has no bearing on the type of ‘output’ that IWK is required to collect, treat and dispose of.
Not only that, the firm wants to share details about race, among other things, with other parties listed out in its notice.
Share with us how you respond when you come across application forms requesting your ‘race’.

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