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Written by Clement Oluwasegun

According to a senior minister, Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing “Despacito” on public broadcast stations.

This is due to its sexual related lyrics which have been therefore labelled un-Islamic by critics.

Quoting Salleh Said Keruak, communications and multimedia minister:

“Despacito will not be aired by the government-owned broadcast stations because we received public complaints. The lyrics are not suitable to be heard. For Malaysian private stations, we encourage them to practise self-censorship.”

The song “Despacito” by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi which featured Justin Bieber on the remix, has been named the most streamed song of all time worldwide, and is also popular in Malaysia.

Atriza Umar, chairperson of its women’s wing, referred to the song as porn.

She said:

“I regret that these problematic songs are not censored by the ministries. I urge the authorities to ban this song and other songs that contain sexy and violent lyrics which are not suitable in accordance with Islam and our eastern culture.”

Songs with foul language and cut or axed films deemed too sexy or dealing with sensitive issues are not allowed on air in the Southeast Asian country due to strict censorship laws.

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