Leaders touch on Christian-Muslim commonalities in continuing a tradition of Christmas greetings.
The government's halal authority says there is no specific prohibition on the use of greetings for non-Muslim celebrations.
Churches, like most organisations, have gone online this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the government's recent announcement that services will be allowed has seen some, like this small church in Ara Damansara, hurrying to get things ready by Christmas Day. (Note: masks were worn except for photo purposes.)
The 'Merry Christmas' greeting has been the subject of contention before but this is the first time it has emerged that the greeting could affect a product's official halal status.
The bakery which had applied for halal certification apologised for being unable to write the Christmas greeting on a cake, which was instead sent with the message 'Happy Holidays'.
Open houses and carolling activities will not be allowed although services can be held on Dec 24 and 25.