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'Despacito' banned on all RTM television and radio channels

The Biebs' hit song gets the axe following a complaint about its 'sexually explicit' lyrics

By Lydia Chan | Published: 20 Jul 2017

'Despacito' banned
Photo: Justin Bieber VEVO

Whether or not you'll admit it to yourself, you (and just about everyone else) have either hummed, danced or attempted to sing along to Justin Bieber's remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Spanish hit song, Despacito. But not everyone loves it.

The women's branch of local political party AMANAH posted a Facebook statement, urging radio stations to stop playing Despacito due to its "sexually explicit" lyrics. The group also pointed out that the meaning of the song "did not fit with our local values and culture" and that "the youth are singing this song without understanding the lyrics."

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has since officially banned Despacito from all government-owned Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) television and radio channels. These include radio stations like TraXX FM and Nasional FM as well TV channels TV1 and TV2.

"RTM has stopped the song on all RTM radio stations and over RTM TV with immediate effect," said MCMC minister Salleh Said Keruak. He explained that this was following the in-house panel's decision "to withdraw the approval of the song."

While the word Despacito just translates to 'Slowly', other lyrics in the chorus translate to I want to strip you off with kisses slowly / Sign the walls of your labyrinth. Other naughty lines: Let me surpass your danger zones / Till I make you scream / And forget your name.

Well then.

ELLE has also reached out for comment from other local non-government-owned radio stations Hitz FM, MIX FM and Fly FM about the Despacito ban (stay tuned for updates). In the meantime, here's a very Malaysian instrumental twist to the song.

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