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You won’t be able to hear catchy hit song “Despacito” on any of Malaysia’s 44 public radio stations any time soon.

That’s because public broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) has banned the Luis Fonsi single, following complaints from conservative Muslim groups.

The broadcaster decided to pull the song from radio play, because its lyrics were too explicit, the country’s Communications and Multimedia Minister, Salleh Said Keruak, told news agency Bernama.

“We ask the radio stations to be sensitive to local norms and apply self-censorship of the song,” the minister said, adding that stations should either take it down from airwaves or censor explicit parts of the song.  Read more…

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