GEORGE TOWN: The construction of dormitories for foreign workers in Penang is expected to begin next year as the state is currently in talks with interested parties. Penang Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh said the facilities were proposed to be sited at Bukit Minyak or Batu Maung as these areas were near factories and industrial areas. He said such facilities were needed to cut down on issues which may arise from having foreigners staying in areas where the majority are locals. The dormitories in Penang will also come with basic amenities like sundry shops and parks. "We are currently in the process of finalising the applications submitted by those interested to build the dorms," he said in a press conference today after launching an International Meatless Day food fair. Jagdeep said the details as to the cost, size and operations, were being worked out now to ensure the convenience of those staying there. "Construction will begin once the guidelines are met," he added.