Religious values were key factors in helping curb graft in the Customs Department, said its director-general Datuk Ibrahim Jaafar.

He said the department often invited Muslim scholars to give talks and sermons to its staff as part of its effort to curb the menace.

“In the 1980s through the 1990s, the department was in the hightest place in the bribery index but with the hardwork of the management to instil ethics and religious values among the staff has made it a respected agency,” he said when launching the the department’s state-level of Quran recital assembly here Wednesday night.

He added that the department would pursue the religious and spiritual development aspects for its staff with greater fervour in future.