Where there is a will, there is a way. That is a philosophy that Amin Hayat Abdul Rahim holds dearly to his heart.
With an impressive resume that includes being a TV producer, news anchor, emcee and even a model, Amin is a man of many talents. Not only that, he managed to overcome a major illness.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology from University of Technology in Johor Baru, Amin took a huge risk by chasing his dream to become a journalist.
During his tenure in TV9, Amin won five prestigious awards. In May 2014, he was recognised as Broadcast Journalist of The Year by The National Press Club. The award was presented by then-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Prior to his involvement in journalism, he modelled on the runaway as well as in magazine shoots and television commercials. However, his life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Also known as spot baldness, it is a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body.
“I started having alopecia in 2014 but at that time, it was just a small spot. After that, it was cured naturally,” recalled Amin. “In early 2016, it got worse due to stress, a lack of sleep and my lifestyle.”
Today, the popular news anchor has rebounded with a full set of hair, thanks to treatments he underwent at Clique Clinic. He also goes to the same clinic for his facial treatments.
After 14 years in the local media and entertainment scene, the former news anchor is ready to embark on a new chapter. “Along my journey, I have been to many places, collected many wonderful stories and met people of different ethnics,” said Amin, whose idol is Anderson Cooper of CNN.
“This made me think of how awesome it would be to bring all these elements together at a like-minded environment,” enthused Amin, who now has his own talk show. Titled AminHayat Show, it is designed with the mission of harmonising different ethnic groups in the society.
“The entrepreneurship-oriented show aims to become a bridge between entrepreneurs of different ethnics and industries, opening up the path to fruitful opportunities,” explained Amin, who is using social media to host his talk show.
Away from work, he finds respite in working out. “I alternate between lifting weights and yoga in the gym; that gives me a nice balance,” said Amin, who has over 65K followers on Instagram (@aminhayatrahim).
Although he is unable to return to his hometown (Johor Baru) for Aidilfitri due to the interstate travelling ban, Amin remains grateful.
“It will be a quiet Raya for me. No doubt I miss celebrating it with my parents but I learnt to make the best of any situation. The pandemic taught me to never give up. We must feel blessed with what we have.”