'Goodbye' to Irene, but not the end

Lawrence Yong

Modified 4 Apr 2014, 2:31 am

Everyone who gathered at the funeral ceremony of Irene Fernandez - the 'iron lady' from Sungai Petani and Malaysia’s champion of migrant workers rights - reaffirmed her righteous fight.

Her family and priests blessed it and her closest confidants pledged it in their hearts.

Irene, most famous for frustrating the Malaysian courts who tried to jail her for speaking up for the abused workers, received a simple send off, without pomp and grandeur.

About 2,000 people turned up today at the Divine Mercy Church in Shah Alam to say their last goodbyes and to send her off to her Father in heaven.

Outside, there were four wreaths of pure white daisies.

Inside, the crowd who braved grey clouds and heavy rain comprised mostly of NGO workers, maids, migrants and regular church-goers - her family and friends, mostly in casual clothes...

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