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?
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.
IWK comes under the government (Ministry of Finance). Come to think of it, the IWK database would surely provide valuable nationwide demographics of current household residents. It must surely be one of the most up-to-date government-linked databases containing information of current residents or households.
So I wonder what IWK is using the racial demographics in its database for and who exactly it is sharing such information with.