"This is one of the beautiful moments in my life," said Prince Khaled
while addressing a ceremony at Kudai near Makkah
He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for issuing his instructions to correct the residency status of a huge group of expatriates who have been living in the Kingdom for several years.
"It was one of the first proposals I presented to King Abdullah after becoming the governor of Makkah," Prince Khaled said to the applause of the large gathering including OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Burmese community leaders.
"King Abdullah ordered the formation of a ministerial committee for the development of disorganized residential districts in Makkah
to improve the situation of Burmese Muslims living in those districts," he
"This is one of the unique experiments in the world," the governor said, adding that the Kingdom has taken drastic measures to tackle the problem.
"We are not just building new homes to develop these districts.
We also rehabilitate some 400,000 to 500,000 people living there," he
said the government would provide Burmese community members with health care, social services, education and develop their residential areas as part of a comprehensive program.
"We'll also train them to get jobs," he