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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis Registration 2022/2023 Intake

My son got offered a place at Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis. This post is a personal post to share what we as parents go through when accepting the offer. I won't touch too much about the process of applying for a place for Kolej Matrikulasi. That will be for another post.

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis map

Should we accept the offer? This is a question that we asked ourselves immediately because it is far and we do not know much about it so we left the decision to our son. We realize that there are some who turn down the offer especially if the college is far away and since they already have scholarship offers in private colleges. Many non-bumis who get into matriculation colleges do so with good results so they would also be entitled to scholarship offers. 

My son decided to take up the offer so we only had one week to prepare. It was very rushed. We had to fill up lots and lots of documents. Below are some of the other things we had to prepare.

  • go to photo shop to take passport sized photos
  • go to Bank Rakyat to open bank account (different matriculation colleges require you to open different bank accounts. Some are BSN or Bank Islam etc)
  • go to school to get pengetua to certify documents and sign as witness to our signatures for the agreement
  • prepare photocopy payslips (if any) or income tax returns if self employed for example
  • prepare photocopy ic of student and parents, birthcert etc 
  • go to income tax office to get agreement stamped

On top of all these documentation, we had to go shopping for some formal clothes which is their required attire during lectures, shirts, slacks, tie. We also had to book train tickets, hotel accommodation and car rental as we were going there by train. The college is located in Arau, Perlis. There are about 4 to 5 ETS trains to Arau in a day. The journey is about 5 hours and 15 minutes long. The KTM train station is about 5 minutes away from the college. Convenient for students travelling to and from college.

We booked our car from Brother Car Rental. Interesting experience because everything was done via whatsapp. I never got to meet any of the car rental service guys. I filled up a form stating the date and place of pickup and return, made payment online and the car was waiting for me at the pickup place and time with the keys inside and no one around. I paid a deposit during booking and paid the balance upon pickup. I returned the car in a similar fashion and my deposit was returned to me online after that.

We had to do the rest of the shopping in Perlis. Since it was our first time in Perlis, we had totally no idea where to go to buy stuff. We saw several Mr DIY at Arau, where the college is located and Kangar (about 15 minutes drive away). However, the one we went to was closed on that Sunday. Eventually we found Giant hypermarket and The Store at Kangar, Perlis which is about 15 to 20 minutes drive away from Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis which was located in Arau, Perlis. There is also a smaller CMart in Arau which may be useful for students on an outing.

Everything done within a week. Phew! 

Below is a short video of our arrival on registration day at Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis 2022/2023 intake.


There are 6 dorms for girls and 3 for boys and they have 3 big cafeterias. Other facilities include the lecture rooms, library, a bakery, mini market, science lab, sports facilities etc and a nice lake too with beautiful sunrise and sunset. I am not sure why the sunrise and sunset here is especially breathtaking.  

Below is how the boys dorm look like. To give them privacy, I am not posting up photos. Instead, here is a layout of the room. (Please ignore the measurements). Basically the room is for max 8 students. There are 4 double bunk beds in a room or unit. The study area is in the centre of the room and there is a divider between the study area and the sleeping area. Currently there are 4 students to a room. Each student takes up a double bunk bed. 

Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis Boy's Dorm room layout

Next: What to do in Arau and Kangar, Perlis.

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