Malaysia's government plans to ease citizens' rising food costs by copying America's decades-old "food stamp" program.
The stamps will "cushion the rising cost of living," Malaysia's deputy prime minister told The Star newspaper.
As anyone from recession-hit regions of the U.S. should know, food "stamps" are extinct. The U.S. government has for years offered electronic swipe cards, which are now used by a surprising one in seven Americans.
It's unclear how Malaysians will use their vouchers, especially in cash-only street markets where the neediest are apt to shop for food.
As the Hindu newspaper explains:
"Food stamps have been used in the U.S. for over 70 years to assist its low-and no-income citizens. Recipients are given an account and a plastic card, known as the Electronic Benefit Transfer card, to purchase food like bread, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and dairy products."
But will they hand out government cheese?