Najib: Time to move on from issues and controversies

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.

PUTRAJAYA - The Prime Minister of Malaysia has called for work to progress to realise the country's agenda for the people, saying that it is time to "move on" from issues and controversies.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak added that issues that were raised, including those pertaining to his administration, had been answered.

"The Government of the day gets support from the Parliament. The 2016 Budget was passed and received convincing majority support.

"As we enter 2016, let us not dwell on these issues. Let us move on because we have big agendas to meet; agendas for the country, for the people and for the well-being of all of us," he said on Monday in an address staff of the Prime Minister's Department on Monday.

Prior to the tabling of Budget 2016 last October, there was talk of attempts for it not to be passed.

This would have been seen as a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister, who was facing criticism over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The Prime Minister said that sensitive issues must be resolved quickly and not be allowed to become a "thorn in the flesh" that could result in tension, particularly in terms of race relations.

On 1MDB, Najib said that issues had been resolved with the signings of various agreements.

"What is important is that it is settled without using public funds. I have asked for six months and today, we can see issues involving 1MDB resolved," he said.