Pan-democrat lawmakers yesterday accused Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen of 'bankrupting his credibility' with a U-turn that shelved a public consultation on constitutional reform. But government supporters voted down the motion after officials insisted focusing on the economy was more important at this stage than talking about universal suffrage. The motion to condemn Mr Tsang was moved by Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, who said the chief executive's excuse that he was shelving the consultation to focus on the economy had damaged trust in him. 'Was he sincere to consult the people, or did he lose heart and just want to crack down on the public's desire for democracy at Beijing's direction?' Mr Ho asked. In his policy address last year, Mr Tsang pledged to launch a consultation by the first half of this year on details of the chief executive and Legislative Council elections in 2012. But after paying a duty visit to Beijing at the end of December, he announced last month that the consultation would be shelved until the end of this year so he and his officials could focus on the economic downturn. Democratic Party lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong said Mr Tsang was 'bankrupting his credibility' by breaching his election promise to resolve the universal suffrage question. League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man and party colleagues directed abuse at Mr Tsang and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung. 'You people bull**** every day and you have no shame,' he said, as colleague Albert Chan Wai-yip played a looped recording of Mr Tsang uttering a Cantonese phrase equivalent to the word 'bull****' during an earlier question-and-answer session. But Ip Kwok-him, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said: 'What the people are concerned with right now is how to protect their jobs.' Mr Lam said: 'The chief executive has carried out his duties ... What he managed to fight for [Beijing's timetable of electing the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017] was more than anyone in history.'