Rahimah Munir, 42, never worries when she has a faulty electrical device at home, even during the Enhanced Movement Control order.
This is because the engineer is skilled at repairing electrical devices and knows how to get a faulty part to work again.
“I developed an interest in electrical repair work while pursuing my electronics engineering degree at the Kemahiran Mara Institute in Petaling Jaya.
“I like the idea of fixing something broken and bringing it back to life. It’s fun inspecting, testing, repairing and modifying electrical components to make things work, ”Rahimah said in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur. The Handyman is definitely breaking down gender barriers.
“Some men are surprised that I can fix electrical appliances and install a fan. I am specialized in electrical engineering and I am familiar with the subject encompassing devices and systems using electricity and electronics.
“Women have what it takes to venture into any field, even predominantly male ones like STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” said Rahimah, who works as an electrical specialist in an Kuala Lumpur private college.
Before the pandemic, she was traveling on her motorbike to lend a hand to close friends who need help with electrical repairs.
But these days, the single woman prefers to fix faulty items in the comfort of her three-bed apartment in Balakong. One of her rooms is converted into her workshop where she carries out repair work. It is well equipped with tools, including a soldering iron kit, multimeter and pliers of various sizes.
“My favorite tool is the digital multimeter. It is a must have tool for all electricians as it is used to test and troubleshoot electrical circuits, components and devices, ”shared Rahimah, who takes precautionary measures like wearing safety glasses and rubber gloves to protect yourself from shocks and burns.
Born and raised in Hutan Melintang, Perak, the miss-fix-it looks to social media platforms like YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram to learn new tricks of the trade, especially on smart TVs and other digital devices.
“Technology is changing rapidly, especially with the creation of new smart TVs with the latest components. To keep up to date, it’s important to learn new skills online, ”said Rahimah, who shares photos of his repair job on Facebook.
On the weekends, Rahimah will be busy at home working on her small projects, devoting between four and eight hours to her passion.
“It’s important to have a hobby to occupy our time during the pandemic. It can range from simple DIY projects, cooking to gardening. It always gives me pleasure to repair a damaged device and bring it back to life.
“There is nothing more satisfying than fixing an electrical device and preventing it from being thrown away and thrown in the landfill,” said Rahimah, who charges a nominal fee for his work.