Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia(DID)

“It was the vital need for irrigation facilities – to open new areas for a fledging paddy growing industry – that provided the impetus for the establishment of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage or the DID as it is popularly known.”

Prior to the formation of DID in 1932, all works in connection with drainage and irrigation was related to by the Public Works Department. Following the slump in the tin and rubber industries in the late twenties and the worsening rice situation in the country, the then British High Commissioner appointed in 1930 a Rice Cultivation Committee to determine “the best steps to be taken in order to encourage rice cultivation in Malaya”.