PENANG: Tunku Abdul Rahman College Penang branch head Amos Teoh said a college is not a “fashion house” for students to parade trendy wears and latest hairstyles.
Asking the newly enrolled 1,200 students not to be fashion-conscious, Teoh reminded them that they were there to pursue higher education.
“Regardless of whether the fashion is appropriate or not, I expect you to abide by the dress code, rules and regulations drawn by the college,” he said when welcoming freshmen to the orientation week.
State executive councillor Datuk Koay Kar Huah opened the event yesterday.
Teoh also advised students not to create unnecessary tension among their housemates and neighbours.
He said interesting activities, including talks, had been lined up to help them adapt to the college environment.
The college boasts a state-of-the-art auditorium, multimedia language laboratory and a clubhouse housing two indoor squash courts, a gymnasium and an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Teoh said there had been a drop in the enrolment from 1,600 last year to 1,200 this year “perhaps because more students chose to go to Form Six because of the uncertain economic condition.”
“Overall we still managed to maintain the student population,” he said, adding the campus has 3,400 students.
Teoh said there were “quite a number” of Indian students who enrolled this year.
College Assistant registrar Ng Yi Jiuan said about 90% of the freshmen was Chinese.
Prakash Chandrasyran, 17, who hails from Pahang, said he chose to study here because he believed it was one of the greatest colleges in the country.
“I do not mind staying far from my home state to pursue my studies in Building Technology here,” he said.
K. Thulasi said she chose the college not only because it was near her house but also because “my seniors told me the lecturers here are good.”