While some had to go through a tough time to get their application for being a Malaysian citizen approved, some had it as easy as a snap of a finger.
Recently, it was announced that Sri Pahang FC has registered 2 import players, Lee Tuck from England and Sergio Aguero from Argentina, would be naturalised players to strengthen their team for the upcoming Malaysian League (M League).
According to Berita Harian, the registration process will enable the 2 players to be listed as local players.
“So far, all processes are running smoothly and we hope that everything is done according to plan,”
“This is because Sri Pahang has signed 5 imports for the M League this season and it is certain that Tuck and Aguero, who have been playing in the M League for a long time, can be naturalised this season,” a source from Sri Pahang shared with the local news portal.
Meanwhile, Twitter user @sukanzcom shared that the 2 players will even be given Identity Cards (MyKads) too and this did no go well with netizens.
Pemain England, Argentina Dapat MyKad & Didaftarkan Sebagai Pemain Lokal Sri Pahanghttps://t.co/1iaS38SMmV— Sukanz. (@sukanzcom) February 7, 2022
Netizens on Twitter had expressed their disappointment on how easy football players can get their Malaysian citizenship approved, while the others have been waiting for years and some even had to go to the courts.
“Play football can get IC. There are still many out there who are waiting to get an IC. Stateless.” a netizen said.
“My father has been here since 1979 but he only has a red IC.” another netizen said.
Ayah aku dah dari tahun 1979 duduk sini tpi dpt ic merah je🤷🏻♀️— Fatihahahahahahahahah (@fatihahbasrun) February 9, 2022
Some argued that the players should be given permanent residencies instead of being naturalised and given citizenships.
Meanwhile, the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) had shared their opinion on this matter too. “You don’t need to be a genius to know that this is wack.”
“Malaysian mothers have to fight for citizenship for their kids for years with minimal to no success and resistance from our own government, but football players get it easily? Are our mothers not as worthy?”
What do you think about this? Should the players be naturalised and given citizenships? Share your thoughts in the comment section!