Highlights:
  1. No time limit to weed out illegal immigrants in Ops Mega 3.0
  2. Matrade confident of breaking RM450 million CAEXPO sales target
  3. MIEA signs MOU with Australian media firm
  4. Hundreds of thousands flee homes as Philippines braces for direct hit from Mangkhut
No time limit to weed out illegal immigrants in Ops Mega 3.0 The Immigration Department said no time limit has been set to weed out illegal immigrants under the current Ops Mega 3.0 operations. Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said Ops Mega 3.0 which was launched on July 1 has showed positive results as the focus areas of foreigners in the capital such as the Kotaraya Complex and Central Market were quieter during the recent public holidays. He said from 1 July to 1 September, 3,134 operations were carried out. Of the 40,395 foreigners examined 10,495 illegal immigrants were detained. He added that the number of registered immigrants also dropped from 1.8 million last year to 1.7 million. Matrade confident of breaking RM450 million CAEXPO sales target The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) expects the Malaysia pavilion to exceed its RM450 million sales target at the 15th China ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning. MATRADE Trade Consul Zaimah Osman said since the start of the expo on Wednesday, Malaysian exhibitors had sealed RM268.14 million worth of actual and potential sales.  “Durians, bird nest, coffee and beauty products were among top sellers,” she told reporters. Zaimah said strong demand had allowed 33 bird nest companies to penetrate China’s market. “However, we also want other (Malaysian) products to be able to enter China, the world’s second largest economy. “Those (businesses) interested (in expanding into China) can reach our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzho and Chengdu,” she said. MIEA signs MOU with Australian media firm The Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Recon Oz Pty Ltd (Recon), an Australian media and online job portal, to establish a digital platform to provide up-to-date news on the Malaysian real estate landscape. The platform, which is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2018, will also provide real estate practitioners with agency best practices and employment opportunities. At the signing, MIEA president Eric Lim said: “This is part of our bold vision to be relevant in the real estate market by enhancing our value proposition to our members. More importantly, real estate practitioners, especially our members, will now receive timely reports and news on the real estate market, as well as creating employment opportunities for real estate negotiators and agents.” “For MIEA, this is about creating an e-learning environment to provide timely and accurate content, and to promote the sharing of developments within the Malaysian real estate landscape,” he added. Hundreds of thousands flee homes as Philippines braces for direct hit from Mangkhut Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing their homes in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on the region, while China’s meteorological authority raised a yellow storm alert on Friday. The alert is the second level on a four-tier warning system, and the authority has predicted the monster storm would make landfall near western Guangdong and eastern Hainan late Sunday, or early Monday. In Hong Kong, a very hot weather warning was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory on Friday morning, with temperatures expected to rise to 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday as the city awaits the arrival of Mangkhut, which is packing sustained winds of 205km/h (127mph) and gusts measured at 255km/h. It is forecast to move west-northwest at about 25km/h towards the vicinity of Luzon, before coming within 200km of Hong Kong on Sunday evening. With a massive rain band 900km (560 miles) wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could bring heavy to intense rains that could set off landslides and flash floods in the Philippines, forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii said.