Tribute to Irene Fernandez


Irene Fernandez passed away today from heart failure at the age of 67. Details of the wake and funeral service below.

Irene Fernandez

In James 5:4, it is written: “Can you hear crying out against you the wages which you kept back from the labourers mowing your fields? The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord Sabaoth.”

Irene Fernandez too heard the cries of the migrant workers and the oppressed and responded unequivocally. The best way we can pay tribute to her to support the cause of migrant workers’ rights and the larger struggle for social justice.

Please add your tributes and thoughts below.

Message from Irene’s family:

We are celebrating Irene’s beautiful and powerful life. Please wear colours if you choose to. People of all faiths and from all communities are welcome for the prayers and for the funeral service.

Monday, 31 March

Prayers at Irene’s home in Seremban (570, Lorong Jambu 1/3, Tmn. Sg. Ujong, Jln. Rasah, Seremban) at 8.00pm.

Tuesday, 1 April
Prayers at Irene’s home in Seremban (570, Lorong Jambu 1/3, Tmn. Sg. Ujong, Jln. Rasah, Seremban) at 8.00pm.

Wednesday, 2 April
Prayers at Irene’s home in Seremban (570, Lorong Jambu 1/3, Tmn. Sg. Ujong, Jln. Rasah, Seremban) at 8.00pm.

Thursday, 3 April

Irene will be brought to her home in Subang Jaya (29, SS15/5D, Subang Jaya), where there will be prayers from 10.30am to 2.00pm.

This will be followed by a funeral service at 3.00pm at the Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam (26 Jalan Pemaju U1/15, Hicom-glenmarie Industrial Park, 40150 Shah Alam)

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Irene, you have it in your soul: 1st class human dignity full of empathy without the pomps or trumpeting.
May The Lord welcome you home in a place full of genuine love.
RIP, Irene Fernandez.


If only all the bosses are willing to learn a thing or two from Irene, the workplace will be a far better place to work with passion & pursuit of excellence (& thus higher productivity).


Sadly , her works are not appreciated by the government.
Migrant workers are humans too and deserves protection.
Her works are far greater and more meaningful than any of the the current living bunch of Datos, Tan Sris and Tuns combine together.
Irene , Thank You


Irene, you fought a good fight and did what you do best, made a difference to the many lives you have touched, your contribution enormous, thank YOU! RIP Irene.

najib manaukau

How true it is that only the good dies young ! No doubt that people like the egregious Mahathir does not believe in that and please one of his supporters tell him that. Or may be he is kept alive just to see the destruction of his creation before being taken away to see that none of the white elephants he built are there !


He may be kept alive+awake by social awakening (long enough to suffer) to see more dirts coming out of his Helang closets.
No wonder his recent fear+minus good night sleep+nightmare of the Internet of exposing details of ill doings of the guilty. No doctor can do a better job of exposing a disease many already know in our midst.

Barney Muthu

She is an unsung hero of Malaysia. She fought a good fight till her last day and will be given a VVIP reception where she is going and those who were against her would be punished in due time. R.I.P as we Malaysians will remember you as along as we live.


Irene, we’ll miss you and so will the thousands of migrant and domestic workers for whose rights you stood up so bravely. All our condolences and sympathy to your family. May you have inspired lots of young Malaysians to carry on with your work.


Irene Fernandez, a life well lived !!!


Eternal rest grant unto her soul, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace. Rest now. You have run the race and you have reached the finishing line.

Andrew I

R.I.P. Irene. The cowards who bullied you will have to answer to God with you standing next to Him when their time comes.