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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GST forum for SMEs to be held on March 18

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 2,000 small and medium enterprise companies will participate in a forum on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to be held at Wisma MCA
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MCA small and medium enterprise (SME) bureau chief Datuk Ei Kim Hock said the forum will be a platform for business operators to better understand GST prior to its implementation on
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"Participants will get the opportunity to gather better information on GST at the forum while resolving issues that they may be facing prior to its implementation," he told reporters at a
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He added that there should be some leniency with regard to the hefty fine or to defer action pending
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Senior officials from the Customs Department will be on hand to answer questions raised by participants during the forum.

Among the forum’s speakers are Great Vision Business Advisory Services Sdn Bhd’s director Datuk Chua Tia Guan, Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Enterprises’s chief executive officer Neil Foo Seck Chyn and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong.Articles Connexes:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Does God Exist

"I don believe in God. I believe in something, just not in God".

When questioned about their belief in God, a lot people seem to have a very narrow view of what God is supposed to be, inextricably linked to organised religion. When they cannot reconcile that narrow view with their own belief system they state that they do not believe in God and therefore have no relationship with the divine. That relationship may still be desired, as it could bring security, unconditional love, support at times of need and a sense of belonging, but it would constitute a lie to oneself and can therefore not be maintained. Many who claim they are non believers however, are still left with the feeling that there is something bigger than ourselves, something they would like to connect to at some level, just not within the traditional context of organised religion.

Organised religion generally poses the personal God, usually male, an omnipotent (all powerful) being who rules the world and who, by allowing human beings the freedom of choice, also allows the existence of His Antagonist, the Devil. This God wants His subjects to come to Him of their own free will, but when they don they will spend eternity in the flames of Hell.
fake Michael Kors There is only one life and it must be lived by God rules. Within Christianity, there are ways of purging sins, through confession and true repentance, in which case an officially assigned representative of God can grant you forgiveness and cleanse your soul. If you can not get access to such a representative of God before you die, tough luck, you die and go to Hell whether you are repentant or not. Up until very recently, the Catholic church did not allow stillborn babies into heaven, they had to stay in for eternity because they were not baptised before death. ( is a place just outside Heaven, away from Hell but also away from the presence of God.)

I personally believe that this is a very limited view of God. priest) acting on his behalf. This God is not omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) either: he is absent in Limbo, absent in Hell for eternity and absent until access has been granted through baptism, again performed by an officially assigned human representative. Choice is relative, here: do as I say, or you will burn in Hell for eternity After death, this God refuses shelter to anyone who has not abided by his rules; the concept of forgiveness is pretty short lived.
replica Michael Kors outlet Access to heaven is, up to a certain point, simply luck of the draw. It is not granted on the basis of your contribution to the world as a caring, loving, non judgemental human being, who is never afraid of helping out other people, and making right and just decisions, rather than ones driven by personal gain. This may play a part, but not the most important one. Access to heaven is gained mainly by baptism, worship on Sunday, by praying and reading your bible, by telling God you think he great, you love him and can live without him. So if you happen to be born in a place that has never heard of this God; if you die alone; if you cannot get access to one of those representatives before you die, who can grant forgiveness for your sins and cleanse your soul; if you die angry with God because you have been hurt and abused, you are not allowed to be with God. You go to Hell.

Life in this context is not a process of growing: it is a cruel and unfair test, with most people in this world seriously disadvantaged, or even incapable of passing, through circumstances beyond their control.

Organised religions are frameworks, encompassing theological theories about the nature of the divine, usually represented as absolute truths, and rules about approaching and incorporating the divine into one life, usually predicting dire consequences if these rules are not adhered to. The most important thing to understand about organised religions is that they have to keep their institutions alive and as such it is within their best interest to stipulate worship through their facilities, using their people. The need to be needed in order to survive must prevail, because otherwise, they will cease to exist. That is why giving money to religious institutions, in collects or as gifts, is considered a divine duty, why one can only receive true salvation through the institutions and why members are ordered to keep coming back, every morning in the past, and now, as most congregations are waning, at least once a week. Institutions, at their best, do wonderful things. Through them, wonderful people help other people in wonderful ways. But they remain organisations whose belief structures and divine rules are coloured by a need to survive.

I believe that the problem many people seem to have with the concept of God could be due to a failure of organised religions to move with the times, theologically. Many individual representatives of the churches do not subscribe to the idea of hell as they used to, nor to the idea of God as a vengeful, punishing force. Many even acknowledge the possibility of a relationship with God outside the confounds of church and traditional worship, but in essence, the churches still put forward an imposing patriarchal society in all aspects of religious life: a personal male God, benevolent father, head of the household, prescribing a framework of morals and lifestyle rules and restrictions as well as regular worship within religious institutions. The feminine is still entirely absent from the divine. Mary has never been granted divinity; she may be the of God but she is still considered human. The archangels are male; Jesus is male. Nobody in this divine family has ever had sex because sex, although quite necessary for the survival of the human race (we can not all achieve conceptions is still dirty and, at the heart of it, sinful. At the heart of most religious life is still worship, rather than love for one another in day to day life. Why would God care so much about being worshipped and thanked all the time? Does he
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Monotheism is the existence of a single omnipresent, omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent deity, or God. It is claimed
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Cheap Michael Kors handbags sex: he is male and therefore lacks female perspective. Gen 5.1 2: . When God created man,
Michael Kors handbags outlet he made them in the likeness of God. But even if we are to take the bible as written by fallible people, rather than God himself, it is still hard to sustain the notion that this God is truly monotheistic.

So why is this an issue at all? Well, it is an issue because there is an inherent contradiction in organised religion. We are told on the one hand that this God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, but on the other hand, the entire frameworks prescribed to us by organised religions tell us that he is none of these things. The theology limits God power, God understanding, God knowledge, God reach. The fact is, that many people who claim they believe in God but believe in something believe in God as something much more than that.

True monotheism, which Christianity claims to be but is not, encompasses a God that is truly omniscient, neither male nor female, and at the same time, both; a God that is truly omnipotent, who controls all and yet nothing because the world would run this way because there is no other way; a God that is omnipresent, who is all things and yet, nothing, because the very nature of being is already finite. This God is past, present
cheap Michael Kors handbags outlet and future, and all at the same time because this God is time and beyond time. This God is so all encompassing that we cannot escape it, no matter how we are or how much we deny its existence. To deny this God would be to deny ourselves. This God does not need or demand worship, nor praise or prayer, because this God has no ego. Rather, we are the ones that need prayer, in order to connect back with what is true. Connecting to this God would mean connecting with what needs to be, to embrace life. Hell is merely an illusion, a state of denial, an absence, rather than an active force of being. Hell does not truly exists because God is omnipresent and therefore a place without God can not exist.

So in answer to the main question: does God exist, we might say this: the concept of God as an all encompassing thing, or life itself in all shapes and forms, embraces any view of the world around us. There is no limit to what you can believe or disbelieve. We know so little and we are so little, in this world. One might say that angels and ghosts and fairies do not exist, because there is no proof. There is even less proof that they don exist. One might say that reincarnation is just an inability to accept that when we dead, that it, we really not that important. On the other hand, not believing it might just be an excuse not to learn what we need to learn, because if we don we will have to in the next life. The existential doubt of the existence of God has always struck me as slightly odd. The sun rises every day, doesn it? You are breathing, aren you? Do you deny the existence of the universe, just because we can not measure it, just because we do not understand?

So what about that relationship with God? How can you connect to all these things at the same time, and why would you bother if you don believe in the grey man on the cloud?

Well, the answer is simple. You don have a relationship with God for God, that would be ridiculous. You have a relationship with God or divine for you, in order to find a moment of peace and tranquillity and in order to feel connected and in control in a very demanding, stressful world. Addressing God in those brief moments does not automatically mean you believe God is a man on a cloud. You could pray, you could talk to God when no one can hear you, write a letter to God, do yoga, meditate, take some quiet time of contemplation. You won be lying to yourself. You can have your theological cake and eat it. And at its best, maybe that is what organised religion manages to offer to some of us: an almostm tangible relationship with something that is ultimately beyond definition. Visit Letter to God to leave a Letter to your God, add to the Dream Book, view self help
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

House leaders push way to use Permanent Fund to solve budget crisis

The Republican led House majority caucus took a major step Tuesday to execute its plan to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to get access to money with which to balance this year’s budget, but critics from both outside and inside the caucus have expressed concerns that the plan could threaten future dividend payments.

House Bill 2002 wouldn’t spend money from the $54 billion Permanent Fund but would transfer about $5 billion from the fund’s earnings reserve, which can be spent with a majority vote, to its principal, which can’t.

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Chenault said that moving the money within the fund can make that happen.

Taking $5 billion out of the earnings reserve reduces the amount the Legislature has available to spend, changing the calculation for accessing theCBR. With the Legislature then unable to spend the money now in the earnings reserve, it would have the key to theCBR’sbillions with which to balance the budget with only a majority vote in each house.

"All it
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That would mean Chenault would not have to negotiate with the House minority caucus, led by Rep. Chris Tuck, D Anchorage. Chenault’s majority caucus has 26 members of the 40 member body, but needs 30 votes to access the CBR.

Tuck and his Independent Democratic Caucus have been urging more money for schools, social workers and ferries, among other things, and backing cuts for some programs popular with Republicans such as the Susitna Watana dam project, Knik Arm bridge,Bragaw Road extension in Anchorage and oil tax credits.

And Tuck doesn’t like messing with the Permanent Fund.

"It is an accounting gimmick to try to get around working with us in a bipartisan manner to get a budget that reflects a spectrum of Alaskans," he said.

By taking the $5 billion in the earnings reserve "off the table," he said, government might not be able to use it to get the state a gas line or to pay dividends.

He warned that depleting the earnings reserve means that when it comes time to pay dividends, there might might not be enough money in that account to pay the calculated amount, a multiyear average of Permanent Fund earnings.

"I think that would be a very unfortunate move. It does put the dividend at risk because there won’t be money in the account to pay out the dividends," he said.

Chenault disputes that, saying the money taken from the earnings reserve will quickly be replenished as the fund continues to make money from its investments.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which manages the fund, provided a letter to Chenault that he said shows that in either "mid case or low case
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House Bill 2002 was introduced by the House Finance Committee, which scheduled itsnext meeting for Wednesday. A meeting scheduled for Tuesday was canceled after the bill introduction. A discussion of the budget is scheduled Wednesday, but not HB 2002 specifically.

Rep. Mark Neuman, R Anchorage, co chair of the committee, said the bill was just an option that was being looked at as a solution to the budget impasse, but had been introduced by the committee with the involvement of Chenault.

"The speaker and I worked together" on the bill, Neuman said.

Several members of Chenault’s caucus warned last week in a letter that they were concerned that such a plan had not been
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But legislators are becoming impatient about getting a budget deal and fear that without one soon, the state could be approaching a government shutdown.

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But Rep. LesGara, D Anchorage, said the state should not be messing around with the fundsimply because the some members of the majority don’t want to negotiate a budget deal with Democrats.

"Their caucus is split into two camps. One camp wants to negotiate and the other would rather jeopardize the dividend than work on a bipartisan budget," he said.

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