''I have just turned 80, and so I can speak freely now,'' said the 1991-92 PM. ''This government is taking the country to hell.
''There is hardly an area of society where the effect of corruption is not being felt.
''It does not just happen by chance any more. There is a fixed strategy.
''It shouldn't be like this, but the power of money is now the ultimate authority.''
Khun Anand added that although he had had a long career in politics, he had never been as concerned about corruption in Thailand as he was today.
''Trade, business, media, government, enterprises of all kinds . . . the networks are being spread,'' he said. ''I am very alarmed by what I see.''
Under Khun Anand's 1992 government, Thailand liberalised the auto market. He has since been assigned by the UN to head a global committee to define terrorism.