‘Gadget guy’ fixes damaged goods to be re-gifted to community

KOTA KINABALU: While the movement control order (MCO) has inspired many people to try new things, a Penampang lad uses his free time for something charitable, in order to give back to the community.

Jay Theodore Lucien Lok Yee Wei, 39, started receiving damaged goods in a Facebook group, Beli Nothing Project (Kota Kinabalu), with the intent of repairing them and re-gifting it to members of the same online community, who needed the items.

The 39-year-old was one of those directly impacted by Covid-19 pandemic, where he lost his tour guide job.

“I actually loved to tinker with gadgets since I was young.

“Back then I loved to experiment on how to invent things out of junk or broken items and turn them into toys.

“I am fascinated by how technology has affected or changed our lives, so you can call me the gadget guy, ” said Jay, who recently started working as a sales consultant in an automobile company.

He said initially he started fixing computers during MCO to earn money but then his mother introduced him to the Facebook group, which allowed members to give away items for free to other members and also receive items free of charge, as a way of indirectly reducing unnecessary spending on new items and giving longer life to used goods.

“I saw many people giving away or searching for items when it struck me.

“Since I love tinkering with things, why not have a go at fixing other people’s stuff and re-gifting it. It is the purpose of the group, so why not make it better, ” said Jay who has been active in the group over the last two months.

He proceeded with a post, asking if any members had things they no longer needed or were broken, such as toys, computers, bicycles, cameras or electrical appliances.

“So far I have gotten about 100 items of various types donated by members of the online community, and the first item I repaired and posted in the group for re-gifting was a laptop.

“That received a lot of feedback and interest, especially now when we do most things online and are restricted with outside movements.

“I am mostly able to fix electronics and electrical items, and those which are beyond repair, I plan to modify them to be re-purposed, ” he said, adding that so far he had regifted two laptops that he fixed.

Besides broken items, people have also passed him used goods like electrical items which he tested, and as it was still functioning, he re-gifted in the group.

Asked about his future plans, Jay replied, “I will continue to do this.

“At the same time, I will look for like-minded people who can carry out the same purpose of re-gifting broken items that have been fixed, ” he said.

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