Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez, Archbishop emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was born on April 22nd, 1932 in Sungai Patani, in the diocese of Penang, to a family of Indian origin. He was ordained a priest on December 10th, 1966.
On September 29th, 1977 he was appointed as bishop of Penang and received episcopal consecration on February 17th, 1978.
On July 2nd, 1993, he was appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, which he led until April 15th, 2003. Since then, he resides in the major seminary of Penang, where he has devoted himself to the formation of priests as spiritual director.
He served as president of the Episcopal Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei for two terms: from 1987 to 1990 and again from 2000 to 2003.
He is Malaysia's first Cardinal.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 19 November 2016, titular church of Sant'Alberto Magno.