The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) had presented the first draft of the National Harmony Bill to the cabinet last week, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri.
However, she said, the implementation of the proposed National Harmony Act that would replace the Sedition Act 1948 was still at the discussion stage and needed more time for study.
"The act must be studied thoroughly so that it will be equitable and fair for every strata of society.
"We wish to ensure that the people in Malaysia are united because the people in the country are made up of various religions and races," she told reporters after making a visit to Wisma Bernama today.
She said that the Prime Minister's Department was studying and looking at several examples of implementation in other countries such as Singapore and the United Kingdom.
"The total population in our country and that of Singapore differs a lot but we take what is good to be used as an example," she said.
In another development, Nancy said anyone could take legal action against the company that manufactured the Cadbury chocolate because the issue on halal was related to the religion.
However, she said anyone intending to take action against Cadbury Confectionery (M) Sdn Bhd must have a very clear understanding of the issue.
She said this when asked to comment on the action that could be taken against the company concerned following the suspension of the halal certification on two Cadbury chocolate products by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) after the discovery that they contained the pig DNA (porcine) last Saturday. – Bernama, May 27, 2014.