The Tiananmen Square massacre will not be ignored at the new Museum of History, its chief curator said yesterday. Dr Joseph Ting Sun-pao rejected suggestions that events such as the June 4 massacre, the 1967 riots and the 1925 general strike would not be portrayed at the $580 million museum in Tsim Sha Tsui East. After a Provisional Urban Council museums select committee meeting, he said: 'In the last part of the exhibition, there will be a multi-screen slide show where we are going to narrate important political, social and economic events in Hong Kong over the last 25 years. 'The June 4 incident will be incorporated into that slide show. 'It will basically be on Hong Kong people's reactions to what happened in Beijing because basically this is the Hong Kong story,' he said. Committee chairman and provisional urban councillor Mok Ying-fan said in a statement last night: 'June 4 is a major event which happened in China. 'The content of the exhibition in the Hong Kong Museum of History will focus on Hong Kong's history.' Mr Mok, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, continued: 'June 4 will therefore not be the focus of the exhibition.' The museum is scheduled to open in the middle of next year. Dr Ting said: 'The tendering procedures have been completed. The next step is to make the exhibits, which will take 14 months. 'The sooner we award the tender to a company to start making the exhibits, the faster the museum project can be completed.' Some critics have expressed reservations on the choice of a Canadian exhibition designer for the project, fearing that it would work from too Western a viewpoint. The council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to allow members to air their views on the new museum. Critics have also said that the exhibits placed too much emphasis on natural history and social customs while important historical events and figures, such as the Opium Wars and Dr Sun Yat-sen, were not adequately covered.