GEORGE TOWN: In order to make Penang a prefered destination for tourism, investment and quality living, Penang has to be a smart city that is digitally connected, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He said as a world-class hub to numerous international and domestic investments as well as excellent infrastructure and good governance, there will be more stimulus for new investments and reinvestment in the state. "BBC yesterday in its news quoted that Penang is Asia's Silicon Valley," by saying the state is punching well above its weight in the tech world through hardware manufacturing. "Equating Penang to the way Silicon Valley developed, local engineers from big tech manufacturers are leaving to strike out on their own, creating a growing ecosystem for tech start-ups", he said during his speech at the relaunch of websites under the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) Telecommunication Services "Integrating Data to Future-Proof Tomorrow at The Top Komtar today. He said PDC Telecommunication Services are currently working on the Penang Digital Transformation Plan which will be ready in 2018. Lim said it will be a roadmap that will bring Penang to a new social -economic level, by transforming industries with technology adoption. "With efforts made today, Penang will be ready for the telecommunications challenges of the future," he said.