PUTRAJAYA: There must be a clear Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in place before security forces are given the authority to shoot on sight.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said this was to ensure that ground personnel had a clear understanding of the situation that would allow them to exercise the power.
However, Najib agreed that more aggressive measures must be taken to tackle security problems in Sabah waters.
"The authorities should come up with the SOP to be approved by the Government.
"The SOP must be clear to avoid untoward incidents involving the lives of innocent people," he told newsmen here Tuesday.
The Royal Malaysian Navy on Monday asked for security forces to be given the power to shoot on sight at any suspicious targets encroaching Sabah waters.
Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said this was to stop terrorists from southern Philippines from entering the country.
He urged the Government to issue the orders following another intrusion at the resort in Mabul Island, Semporna, Sabah, where a marine policeman was killed and another kidnapped on Saturday.
The Home Ministry then the go-ahead to shoot when faced with intruders encroaching into Malaysian waters and deemed a threat to national security.
This overrode a statement by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail earlier in the day that rejected the Navy's proposal, saying that Malaysia is not a military state.