Sri Pahang midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck or popularly known as Lee Tuck announced today that he is a valid Malaysian citizen after receiving a MyKad identity card from the National Registration Department (JPN).
The year 2022 will be Lee Tuck’s sixth year living in Malaysia and this period is enough for him to apply to become a naturalized player just like the three previous players namely Mohamadou Sumareh, Guilherme De Paula and Liridon Krasniqi.
His naturalization process was also assisted by Sri Pahang’s management and he received approval from the club’s owner, YAM Tengku Abdul Rahman Al Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
“Today I officially announce that I am a Malaysian citizen.
“I am truly grateful to be a Malaysian citizen. It was a difficult process and many sacrifices were made to get to this point, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
“I would like to pay my respect and appreciation to the owner of Sri Pahang, Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Abdul Rahman Al Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, Club President, Raja Datuk Shaharuddin Shah Raja Jalil Shah, SPFC CEO, Datuk Mohammed Suffian Awang, Board Member of Sri Pahang FC and all the tok gajah fans who supported this process.
“I also want to thank my family and close friends,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
Along with Lee Tuck, another player from Argentina, Sergio Aguero also went through the naturalization process to become a Malaysian citizen.
Before this, Sri Pahang they tried to register these two players as local players in the second transfer window, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
It is understood that Sri Pahang are currently awaiting the decision of the Malaysia Football League (MFL) appeal and the two players are expected to be seen in the Malaysia Cup or Super League next season.
The matter involves the rules contained in Article 3.4.9 of the M-League Handbook, which are the Rules and Conditions of Player Status – Acquisition of Malaysian Citizenship (Citizenship).
According to the article, any player who has acquired Malaysian citizenship through government-mandated naturalization and wishes to be registered as a local player must prove the player’s citizenship status more than five years prior to the date of the first match of the new season.
Lee Tuck, 34, and Aguero, 27, have made appearances on the M-League scene since the 2017 season.