NEELOFA’S DOUBLE TO HOST ‘BERITA TV9’

TV9’s new­est news­caster Hawa Rizwana Ah­mad Redzuan finds her­self un­der the spot­light lately though she has yet to go on air. DEN­NIS CHUA finds out why

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HER strong pres­ence on In­sta­gram to­talling 52,000 fol­low­ers can put even some celebri­ties to shame. Boast­ing an un­canny re­sem­blance to pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion host, ac­tress and en­tre­pre­neur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, it is no won­der that Hawa Rizwana Ah­mad Redzuan has be­come the talk of the town.

She first re­alised it a few years back as a stu­dent. She had peo­ple com­ing up to her, telling her the sim­i­lar­i­ties with Neelofa.

Sev­eral clips con­sist­ing of her In­sta­gram pho­tos and video record­ings of her as a stu­dent made their way to YouTube. The videos re­ceived more than 24,000 views.

“I was sur­prised to learn of this from my par­ents and rel­a­tives. Even they did not ex­pect me to be­come pop­u­lar,” she said at Seri Pen­tas, Ban­dar Utama, Petaling Jaya, re­cently.

“I’ve never thought of my­self as Neelofa’s double. Of course, I take that as a com­pli­ment be­cause I ad­mire Neelofa for her knowl­edge, tal­ent, beauty and en­trepreneur­ship.”

Hawa, who hails from Langkawi, Kedah, and the daugh­ter of vet­eran Se­la­mat Pagi Malaysia co-host Ah­mad Redzuan Abdul Rahman, had never met Neelofa in per­son, but would be hon­oured should the op­por­tu­nity arise.

“She’s one of my favourite women in show­biz. Per­haps, when I start work on Sept 1, I’ll get to meet and in­ter­view her!”

It was Hawa’s fa­ther who sug­gested that she pur­sue a ca­reer in broad­cast­ing.

“He told me I have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and a ready smile. I’m also a chatty per­son. That’s why I took up mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” said the sec­ond of three sib­lings, who grad­u­ated early this year.

While her fa­ther worked for Ra­dio Tele­visyen Malaysia, Hawa has al­ways been a TV3 and TV9 fan. She grew up watch­ing pop­u­lar doc­u­men­tary se­ries Ma­jalah Tiga, and ad­mired its for­mer host, Nor Azlina Redzuan.

“TV3 and TV9 have al­ways given view­ers a less for­mal, view­er­friendly ap­proach to broad­cast­ing.

“This is what I like about them, and I’m glad to have spent four months of jour­nal­is­tic train­ing with TV3, host­ing women’s mag­a­zine show Wanita Hari Ini.”

While Hawa en­joyed her stint with Wanita Hari Ini as she is pas­sion­ate about women’s is­sues, she prefers deal­ing with na­tional news as cur­rent af­fairs are more her in­ter­est.

“I’m an avid reader, and I like to fol­low is­sues of public in­ter­est,” said Hawa, whose job scope also in­cludes re­search­ing and com­ing up with spe­cial re­ports, and in­ter­view­ing peo­ple from all walks of life.

As a news­caster, Hawa will helm Berita TV9 at noon and 8pm. In each of her ap­pear­ance she will share du­ties with a se­nior news­caster.

In the long run, TV9 en­cour­ages its news­cast­ers to be­come pro­duc­ers, and Hawa be­lieves it will put her jour­nal­is­tic skills to good use.

“It is nat­u­ral for news­cast­ers to be­come pro­duc­ers of their news pro­gramme and on my part, I would love to pro­duce and host doc­u­men­taries about Malaysian is­sues, along the lines of Ma­jalah Tiga.”

Hawa is flu­ent in Ba­hasa Malaysia and English, and can also speak a lit­tle Man­darin.

“This comes in handy if I were to cover re­ports on Malaysians in China, Hong Kong and Tai­wan. Man­darin is not easy, but it’ll be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in the years to come.”

PIC BY MAHZIR MAT ISA

Hawa Rizwana Ah­mad Redzuan is an avid reader and likes to fol­low is­sues of public in­ter­est.

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